Study shows dating at a younger age increases risk of troubled adolescence
From MSN, “A new study published in the Journal of Adolescence found that children who had romantic relationships earlier in life are more likely to have issues as they grew older (via The Daily Chronicle). Interestingly, their problems aren’t necessarily centered around their future dating life: those who start dating young are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, among other social problems
That’s because young kids are more likely to form unhealthy attachments to their partners (blame the hormones), make poor decisions because of their partner (like trying drugs if he does), and take breakups a lot harder than the rest of us due to lack of cognitive development. A rough breakup could cause deeper and more long-term emotional problems in children compared with adults.
But just because you got to first base in third grade, it doesn’t mean you’re destined for a life of crime. The researchers do note that open talks about relationships between kids and parents, especially after a breakup, are essential to make sure everything is being processed in a healthy manner. It’s natural for kids to want to date, but it’s essential to make sure they’re processing everything properly and making healthy decisions.”
Source: MSN Lifestyle