Study Finds Students Who Do Not Date Are Not Social Misfits

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Prior research identified four distinct dating trajectories from 6th to 12th grade: Low, Increasing, High Middle School, and Frequent. In a new study published in the Journal of School Health, researchers found that adolescents who were not in a romantic relationship had good social skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers who dated.

The study included 594 10th graders. Investigators compared the four dating groups using teacher ratings and student questionnaires.

The results refute the notion that non-daters are maladjusted. Efforts in schools that promote health should include non-dating as one option of healthy development.

“In the end, school health educators, mental health professionals, and teachers should affirm social norms that support adolescents’ individual freedom to decide whether to date or not, indicating that both are acceptable and healthy options,” said lead author Brooke Douglas, of the University of Georgia.

Reference: “Social Misfit or Normal Development? Students Who Do Not Date” by Brooke Douglas MPH and Pamela Orpinas PhD, 4 September 2019, Journal of School Health. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12818

1 Comment on "Study Finds Students Who Do Not Date Are Not Social Misfits"

  1. This is more common among teen-agers regarding maladjustment and misfit to others, especially when they are supposed to met someone in their academic mates. I am a senior staff at an online chatting platform and help the adult people including students with free flirt chat so that they could be more social. They have a group of people who provides you company during your loneliness. Thanks for sharing this post with us!

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