A nasty breakup could send a teen looking for ways to alleviate the stress.
A recent University of Toronto study showed that depressed teens are 13 times more likely to start smoking cigarettes, and researchers there suggested that the calming effect of cigarettes helped the teens cope.
While they may think they know what’s best for them, they sometimes lack the foresight to see the consequences of their actions.
Study participants who didn’t date had better overall academic performance, while those who dated earlier in middle school were twice as likely to begin using alcohol and drugs in high school, the researchers said.
More importantly, parents should talk to their children about dating, along with the birds and the bees.
Similar to a common improvisation activity, this game challenges students to listen to classmates while also preparing a relevant statement in their head.
It is reasonable to think this scenario could be linked to depression and divert attention from studying.” Her findings were enough for Orpinas to warn that, “dating should not be considered a rite of passage in middle school.” The Georgia researchers say more study is required to tease out the characteristics of healthy young dating verses problem behavior. Parents are a teen’s role primary model for how relationships work.
Since many teens are ill-prepared to deal with the realities of dating, parents can model good behavior for them.
Every year, the students completed a questionnaire about their personal lives while their teachers evaluated each student’s academic performance.
About 38 percent of the students who dated in middle school reported dating someone at almost all times during the seven-year study period.