Dating and romantic relationships in adolescence
As kids grow and mature, they begin identifying more heavily with their peers than with their parents.
The further the relationship progresses, and the stronger the feelings of love between the partners, the more likely it is that sex will occur.
Interestingly, teens who had a great deal of personal conflict with their parents did not necessarily carry this dynamic over into their relationships.
However, teens who learned to work collaboratively with their parents on projects in early adolescence showed higher levels of problem-solving skills in their late-teen romances.
Few relationships continue without both attraction and enjoyment.
Respect is the third component, and this may be overlooked by those who are new to dating.