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Youth and Dating

This entry describes issues surrounding dating among sexual- and gender-minority youth. It explains how relationships are broadly defined and discusses their importance to youth development and health. Issues that concern dating among sexual-minority male youth, sexual-minority female youth, and transgender youth are discussed separately, as well as together. All of the information presented in this entry is firmly grounded in research; at the same time, the reader’s attention must be drawn to the fact that the research so far on this topic is very scarce.

Dating and Youth Development

Dating can be broadly defined, with opinions on what constitutes dating varying across individuals and cultures. However, dating can generally be thought of as practices that one pursues to explore intimacy, emotions, and sexual desires with another person ...

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