When they fell in love, she was barely into her teens, and he wasn't much older. Some saw a star-crossed couple who found understanding, joy and maturity in each other's arms. Others saw impulsive kids whose reckless passion cut them off from family, friends and more appropriate interests, provoked mood swings, delinquent behavior and experimentation with drugs, and ended in tragedy. Romeo and Juliet's story is centuries old, but these two very different views of adolescent romance live on, often simultaneously, in the minds of bemused parents. Lately, teenage romance has caught the attention of a number of researchers, who are increasingly interested in its potentially positive as well as negative effects -- not just on adolescence, but on adult relationships and well-being.
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Parents everywhere tend to experience a twinge of angst when their adolescents begin dating. Unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, dating violence and date rape can be sources of worry. The concerns often overshadow the brighter side of teen dating. Adolescents in healthy dating relationships -- which are characterized as having "open communication, high levels of trust and partners who are relatively close in age" according to Sarah Sorensen of the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence --learn about romance and intimacy in ways that will help forge solid self-concepts, interpersonal skills and partnerships in their adult lives. Teen years are formative ones, and dating gives adolescents insight into who they are. They learn about some of their own boundaries, such as what feels acceptable and what doesn't, what they do and do not like and what attracts them most.
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Last Updated: August 10, References Approved. There are 19 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. The dating world can seem really confusing.
No matter your method, dating isn't easy. You can post up in your local watering hole and keep your eyes peeled for a gal or nonbinary person who strikes your fancy. You could ask your friends to set you up with one of their friends. Or you could join a club, take a class, or get engaged with a queer advocacy group where you're likely to meet like-minded romantic interests.