This article was updated April 26, , but was originally published Feb. Read an updated feature story with information on how social media is affecting teen dating here. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two. Ah, reality.
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Athens, Ga. Orpinas followed a group of students over a seven-year period from sixth to 12th grade. Each year, the group completed a survey indicating whether they had dated and reported the frequency of different behaviors, including the use of drugs and alcohol. The Healthy Teens Longitudinal Study included schools from six school districts in northeast Georgia.
What Parents Should Know About Tween Dating
Dating in middle school was tough. It might bring you back to memories of someone sharing your pencil, or crying listening to a pop-punk band. But there are also a lot of things about dating in grades six to eight that might still be relevant, even if you've long since forgotten.
My daughter often gives me an update on the social goings-on in her class. The kicker? Everyone in this story is eleven. Eleven, people.