Dating and relationships in adolescence
The concerns often overshadow the brighter side of teen dating.
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.
Teenagers' growing capacity for positive romantic relationships has been traced by Dr.
Reed Larson, a professor of human and community development at the University of Illinois.
'' Parents are naturally concerned about their teens' relationships, but they shouldn't want them to just stay home.'' Setting guidelines requires an appreciation of the profound differences between 13- and 19-year-olds.
Among the so-called ''tweens'' of middle school, Dr.The most likely of all teenagers to become depressed are romantically involved girls ages 12 to 14, said Dr.