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Adolescent dating patterns

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):304-305 Researchers and policymakers have focused concern and attention on adolescent females who have romantic relationships with older males.The age difference between a female and her partner may influence relationship dynamics in ways that put the female at greater risk of both unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Keep in mind, the more information you can give the evaluator, the more accurate your diagnosis and treatment will be.Also ask about how use is financed and about negative consequences.including close relationships, sexual experiences, number of partners (total and in the last 3 months), gender of sexual partners (don't assume sexual preferences), uncomfortable situations/ sexual abuse, risk of pregnancy and previous pregnancies (relevant to males as well as females), contraception, condoms and STIs.Presence and frequency feeling down or sad as well as current feelings eg. Suicide risk- thoughts, attempts, plans, means and hopes for future."How do you feel in yourself at the moment on a scale of 1 to 10? including serious injuries, use of safety gear for sports and seatbelts for cars, riding with an intoxicated driver and exposure to violence at school and in neighbourhood.For high risk youths ask about carrying or use of weapons and other criminal behaviours/ incarceration of youth or family/ friends.CONTEXT: The age difference between a female and her partner may influence relationship dynamics in ways that put the female at increased risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Very little is known, however, about how romantic involvement progresses to intercourse, particularly among adolescent females with older male partners.

Because everyone is on best behavior during a date.

If you really want to get to know someone, watch the person at school every day, or both of you get a job together at Mc Donald's.

Everybody knows the pressure of a first date: Searching for that perfect outfit. Dissecting each detail when it's over to check for mistakes.

Dating can make even the most confident person lose his cool.

Having taken a psychosocial history, consider adolescent health concerns in terms of risk and protective factors.