Adolescent Romantic Relationships.

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Sorensen, Sarah.
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Young people spend a great deal of time thinking about, talking about, and being in romantic relationships (Furman, 2002), yet adults typically dismiss adolescent dating relationships as superficial. Young people do not agree: half of all teens reporthaving been in a dating relationship and nearly one-third of all teens said they have been in a serious relationship (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2006).Although most adolescent relationships last for only a few weeks or months, these early relationships play a pivotal role in the lives of adolescents and areimportant to developing the capacity for long-term, committed relationships in adulthood. (Author abstract)