Dating and relationships in adolescence
With this in mind, it's important for adolescents to learn healthy ways to interact, such as active listening, communicating effectively and respectfully, and finding healthy ways to resolve conflict.Teens who are allowed to date -- under parental supervision -- can gain experience with safe dating practices that will have a significant impact on their lives as adults.Spending time together in activities that both partners enjoy is very important to young couples.When this dimension of intimacy is missing, relationships often come to an end.Romantic relationships have much to teach adolescents about communication, emotion, empathy, identity, and (for some couples) sex.
Most adolescents believe that sex should occur within the context of a romantic relationship, and while not all relationships are sexual, most sexually active youth are monogamous.And so, to help further the discussion, we offer in this article a gender-based analysis of teen dating violence with a developmental perspective. We look at what we know — and what we don't know — about who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in teen dating violence.We also discuss how adult and adolescent romantic relationships differ in the hope that an examination of existing research will help us better understand the problem and move the field toward the creation of developmentally appropriate prevention programs and effective interventions for teenagers.Dating is a big deal to adolescents -- and rightfully so.
Teens become more self-aware through involvement in romantic relationships, and learn how to interact with others on an intimate level, says Anita Gurian, Ph.
Romantic relationships are a major developmental milestone.