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Generally, interest in the opposite sex usually begins with puberty and follows a pattern.

Teens gradually begin to interact together casually, then move to group dating, and finally, in the late teens, move to exclusive partnerships.

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They identified three groups: Those who started dating early at the age of 11.6 years, the “on-time” daters started dating at the age of 12.9 years, and the “late bloomers” who started dating at the age of 14.9 years.

Over half of the students started “on time.” The “on-time” daters still seem awfully young to me, but that was the way the study was set up.

Those who started dating early reported twice as many acts of delinquent behavior, such as lying, cheating, picking fights, truancy, running away, unsafe sexual activity, and alcohol use.

The researchers felt that the early group wasn’t really prepared to handle the typical problems of relationships, and didn’t have peer support in their behaviors. It’s an interesting study, reported last December in the Journal of Adolescence.

This fact will strike fear into many parents’ hearts, as when the parents were their children’s ages, they started dating much later on average (Healthline).

What are some of the things that parents can do when their children express a desire to date?

Question: What do you think is the right age for kids to start dating?

Some parents are liberal when it comes to their children dating, while other parents are conservative when allowing their “babies” into the dating world.

The average age of the students at the beginning of the study was 11.8 years.

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