Teen dating issue
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence.
Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, engagement in unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco and drug use, and alcohol, involvement in antisocial behaviors and thoughts about suicide.
Teen dating violence is similar to and can be as lethal as adult relationship violence.
Both include hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
Questions to ask in identifying abusive behavior: Are you unable to disagree with him/her?
Teens come with a whole new set of parenting concerns.
The connection between early dating and drug use goes beyond being an “early bloomer.” Kids who start dating early may be naturally more inclined to risk-taking.