Characteristics of healthy teen-dating relationships are open communication and trust between partners of nearly the same age, says Sarah Sorenson in "Adolescent Romantic Relationships," published online by ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.Experts disagree on the impact of having a boyfriend or girlfriend in high school, with some experts expressing concern for the need for personal identity before becoming involved in a dating relationship, while others believe that teen dating is an important part of the process of establishing self-identity.With the onset of adolescence, teens spend less time with family and more time with peers.In the early teen years, mixed-gender groups predominate.
I grew up in a 300-year-old community situated at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and an hour outside of Manhattan.
With greater emotional development and social skills, dating in later teen years can facilitate the development of personal identity and coping skills.
Sorenson reports that tenth graders, becoming increasingly more autonomous from their parents, gain social support from dating relationships, trumped only by close friends.
Since online dating wasn't as prevelant back then as it is today, there isn’t much to report on that front until my freshman year. She told me it would never happen, but I could feel the chemistry and kept my hopes up. I couldn’t understand that guys and girls could just be friends. Needless to say, I didn’t have one boyfriend during my sophomore year.
Here's a year-by-year rundown of what high school taught me about dating. Ninth grade taught me that, yes, members of the opposite sex can be friends and to trust my boyfriend unless he gives me cause not to.10th grade. I was a complete dating mess — possibly a hussy — and would decide on my day’s outfit based on the guy I had a crush on. I had absolutely no idea who I was, so how was I supposed to be in a relationship? I had plenty of good times, but it taught me to be self-confident and own the person I am today.11th grade.