Magazine article Work & Family Life

Seems 'Less Is More' with Teen Dating

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Seems 'Less Is More' with Teen Dating

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The conventional wisdom is that it's better for teens to "date around" than to "get serious" about one person. But, as Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger writes in the Wall Street Journal, new research suggests that fewer and deeper relationships may be better preparation for adult partnerships.

A 28-year study at the University of Minnesota found that teens who had more than 7 to 9 dating partners between age 15 and 17 were less likely to develop healthy, trusting adult relationships than teens who dated only one or a few people for a longer period of time. Psychology researchers Stephanie Madsen and W. Andrew CoIlins, who reported their findings to the Society for Research in Child Development, explained that the old "dating around" model might help develop social skills, but does not teach a variety of "intimacy skills" that sustain a marriage such as communicating well and solving conflicts. …

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