Teen Dating Fact Sheet from Child Trends (2006)


This fact sheet summarizes the dating activities of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. It was found that dating among this age group has steadily declined since 2001. The pros and cons of teenage dating is discussed on this fact sheet, along with how factors such as race, gender, age, and the amount of education a teen’s parents have, determines the dating activity of a teen.

  • “White students in the twelfth grade were significantly more likely than black students to date frequently.”
  • “In 2006, one-half of eighth-grade students reported never dating compared with 35 percent of tenth graders, and 27 percent of twelfth graders.”
  • “In 2006, females in the tenth and twelfth grades were somewhat more likely than their male peers to report dating frequently.”
  • “In 2006, students in both tenth and twelfth grade whose parents had completed high school or less were somewhat more likely to report dating frequently than were students whose parents had received a college education.”

Citation: City Trends. (2006). Dating. Retrieved from http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/pdf/73_PDF.pdf

Link to fact sheet.

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