daijia
daijia asks:
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what is the appropriate age for dating?

the age doesn't matter its the trust level that counts every child wants to be ope wt there parents bu sometimes don't feel they can so they often hide relationships
In Topics: Teen issues, Teen sexuality and dating
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Apr 24, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Dear daijia:

Appropriate dating age has to do with family, culture, experience of parents and siblings, religious tenets, and how equipped a person is to be able to take care of themselves when alone with someone else.

It is a complex social situation. Most young people first date in groups with friends, and later in adolescence form single partnerships.  Dating should be comfortable and safe--never aggressive.  Know your dates well and be sure parents know them too.

Best wishes.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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