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Boyfriends, girlfriends or just friends?

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Is it a case of taking on too much too soon, or are kids of today ready to handle boyfriend/girlfriend relationships at a younger age? Anecdotal evidence suggests that the answer to this question depends on the family. In some families, it is ‘acceptable’ to start a relationship as soon as childhood ‘puppy love’ kicks in. In others, relationships aren’t acceptable until the late teens – or even the thirties! The research is also mixed. While some research suggests that relationships between younger adolescents involve more costs than benefits, there is also evidence that tween and early-teen relationships can be useful. The right age The ‘right age’ depends on what the young person feels constitutes a romantic relationship and what having a boy/girlfriend actually means for them says Jocelyn Brewer, registered psychologist at...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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