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June 2013 Issue
Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to a UGA study. Pamela Orpinas, a professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, followed a group of 624 students over a seven-year period from sixth to 12th grade. Each year, the group completed a survey indicating whether they had dated and reported the frequency of different behaviors, including the use of drugs and alcohol. Their teachers completed questionnaires about the students’ academic efforts. The Healthy Teens Longitudinal Study included schools from six districts in northeast Georgia. Investigators used two indicators of students’ school success: high school dropout rates and yearly teacher-rated study skills. “Some students never or hardly ever reported dating from middle to high school, and these students had consistently the best study …
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