The Perils Of Dating In Middle School

10:18 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Perils Of Dating In Middle School

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A new study of middle school students found differences in academic performance and social behavior between kids who dated and those who had a less active dating life. Pamela Orpinas, a professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia, studied a group of 624 students from sixth to 12th grade over a seven-year period.
Athens, Ga. - Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the University of Georgia.