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The Healthy Teens Longitudinal Study followed over 600 students for seven years, from the sixth through 12th grades.
She also suggests that the emotional complications of dating, including feeling jealous, feeling anxious, and being rejected or jilted, distract children from studying and cause depressive symptoms.
Throughout the study, students who dated more were rated by teachers as having worse study skills.
The earlier and more frequently a child dated, especially starting in middle school, the more likely he or she was to have used alcohol or drugs.
Let your child know that it’s fine to go slow, to let himself be a kid as long as he likes, and to concentrate on his schoolwork. Anderson is on the Early Childhood faculty at Walden University and she is a Contributing Editor for Advantage4Parents.
Let your child know that dropping out of the dating scene – at any age – is fine with you.