3/19/2013

Students who begin dating in middle school perform worse in school and are more likely to smoke, drink and take drugs than those who begin dating later or not at all, according to a study published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. University of Georgia researcher Pamela Orpinas surveyed 624 students in grades 6-12 for seven years. "A likely explanation for the worse educational performance of early daters is that these adolescents start dating early as part of an overall pattern of high-risk behaviors," Orpinas said.

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