However, teenage pregnancies in New Zealand are on the decline, with only about 3 in 100 teenage girls getting pregnant nowadays.
There are several websites dedicated to Kiwi teenagers dating online.
NBC’s Today Show once ran a segment titled “Are They Mature Enough?
Logistics will also have to enter into the equation: If your teen doesn’t have a driving licence or access to a car, will parents be expected to drive the young couple to dates, or is public transport an option?
The utility of this equation is that it lets you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. Let's examine it: How well does the rule reflect scientific evidence for age preferences?
According to the rule, for example, a 30-year-old should be with a partner who is at least 22, while a 50-year-old’s dating partner must be at least 32 to not attract (presumed) social sanction. Does it match our scientific understanding of age-related preferences for dating? Researchers Buunk and colleagues (2000) asked men and women to identify the ages they would consider when evaluating someone for relationships of different levels of involvement.
And 14-year-olds would be better served engaging in matters that don’t involve the body, heart, and soul. Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens, children, and families.
Sixteen is not a magic age either unless you and your teen are ready to talk about the ins and outs of dating. She is the co-author of Teenage As A Second Language (Adams Media).