” Catherine: “OK.” The two Toronto-area teens have been going out since last April, although rarely on their own.
The research pertained to young dating relationships and the presence/absence of sexual activity and abusive behaviors.
Remember, in most cases, this relationship education is not addressed in the academic classes that they take in school. I believe parents have a role in helping their son or daughter know how to evaluate this experience.
Parents can begin by describing three components of a serious relationship: Attraction, Enjoyment, and Respect. Typically it is based on appearance and personality that motivates wanting to spend some time together. Typically it is based on companionship and commonality that allow them to share experience together.
Significant dating most commonly begins in late adolescence, ages 15 - 18, during the high school years.
By "significant" I mean when young people want to experience a continuing relationship that involves more interest and caring than the casual socializing or friendship they have known before.