How Long Do Teens Usually Stay Together as a Couple?

Teen relationships are a significant and rewarding part of their growth.
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As teens get older, relationships become more important and they last for varying amounts of time. The length of these relationships varies based on age, but also the skills teens learn from their parents' relationships. How long teen couples stay together shows what they know about relationships and how they learn from them as they get older.

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Teen relationships last for different amounts of time and a couple of important factors influence them. In her article "Teens and Dating," youth development specialist Dr. Kate Fogarty states that teen relationships can last from months to years. Age is one factor in how long teen couples stay together. Younger teens who are 12-14 years old tend to have shorter relationships that go on for less than 5 months, while older teens that are 15 to 16 years and older can stay together for over 2 years. Parent relationships are another major factor. When parents show healthy relationship skills, such as using healthy conflict resolution and showing each other respect, teens are more likely to have longer relationships. Teens see positive relationship skills in action at home and learn to use them in their own lives.

S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.