Any American high school is teeming with hormones, unrequited love, pressure and relationships.
The teenage years can be confusing to many, parents included.
Compared to teens who spend less than 10 hours a week with a girlfriend or boyfriend, these teens are two and a half times more likely to drink, five times more likely to get drunk, four and a half times more likely to try marijuana and two and a half times more likely to smoke.
The study also revealed that girls who date boys two or more years older than them are more likely to drink alcohol, try marijuana and smoke.
If a teen dating problem seems too difficult to manage on your own, ask a family therapist for advice.
Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis. Not only are they undergoing unnerving biological changes, but they also are transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
Dating teenagers experience even more pressure as they focus on building a relationship in the midst of all these changes.
For help and advice, victimized teens can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Teens who date may participate in risky sexual activity, which can lead to diseases or pregnancy.
A link exists between teen dating and substance abuse, according to a 2004 study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.