It's totally normal to look at the world through rose-colored glasses in the early stages of a relationship. But for some people, those rose-colored glasses turn into blinders that keep them from seeing that a relationship isn't as healthy as it should be. Hopefully, you and your significant other are treating each other well. Not sure if that's the case?
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and despite startling statistics—such as nearly 60 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship—the good news is that adults can play a role in encouraging healthy dating behavior. Start the Conversation Early education and prevention are critical. Some helpful resources:. Toggle navigation.
Although dating does increase during this time, it is also normal for adolescents not to be in a relationship. Nearly two-thirds of teens ages have not been in a dating or romantic relationship. Thirty-five percent of teens ages have some experience with romantic relationships, and 19 percent are currently in a relationship.
Navigating romantic relationships can be difficult at any age. Building and maintaining healthy romantic relationships is often a skill we build over time, developing as we grow and learn more about ourselves and others. Specifically, the added stress of surging hormones, peer pressure, and rapid life changes places teens at a higher risk of being in unhealthy relationships. This list is by no means extensive, as there are a lot of abusive behaviors that teens may experience every day. Keeping an eye out for red flags is extremely important, but it is also good to check in every now and then to make sure your relationship stays healthy.