For decades, prophets have preached that youth who are in no position to marry should not pair off exclusively.
For instance, President Hinckley (1910–2008) said, “When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating.
may be a little confusing, since nowadays it sometimes seems to imply something a little more serious than what we intend it to mean in relation to youth in the Church.
There are two different types of dating: With casual dating, there is no exclusivity.
This study is an examination of the relationship between dating status and academic achievement, academic motivation, depression, and self-esteem; it is an investigation of the differential effects wielded by gender and age (grade level) of the dating adolescent in each of these domains.