Dating and relationships in adolescence

Teenagers' growing capacity for positive romantic relationships has been traced by Dr.

Reed Larson, a professor of human and community development at the University of Illinois.

Some saw a star-crossed couple who found understanding, joy and maturity in each other's arms.

When they fell in love, she was barely into her teens, and he wasn't much older.

Silverman advised, '' Parents should be more tuned in to their teenagers' dating and should keep educating themselves and their children about healthy relationships.'' Violence is not the only risk in teenage relationships.

Last December, The Journal of Health and Social Behavior published a study called '' You Don't Bring Me Anything but Down,'' which reported that compared with unattached peers, involved adolescents were somewhat more vulnerable to depression, delinquency, alcohol abuse and problems with school and parents.

The concerns often overshadow the brighter side of teen dating.

Adolescents in healthy dating relationships -- which are characterized as having "open communication, high levels of trust and partners who are relatively close in age" according to Sarah Sorensen of the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence --learn about romance and intimacy in ways that will help forge solid self-concepts, interpersonal skills and partnerships in their adult lives.

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