Dating is a natural part of adolescence--here is what parents need to know to support their teen through this time.
While four school-based health centers did not implement any new procedures, at the other four centers the staff was taught how to speak about relationships and was given relationship abuse brochures to distribute to the youth.Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago youth is experiencing violence in a dating relationship – and the numbers are rising.The solutions that we offer violence survivors – for example, domestic violence hotlines, or protective orders – are not solutions that youth can or will access.The central need, then, is to develop solutions that work for youth. Young women are most likely to turn to other youth for support if they are in a violent dataing relationship.To turn those numbers around, we will need to change our discourse about the issue; develop approaches that derive from the experiences and needs of young people; and promote systems change.
In 2009, a staggering 18.5% of Chicago youth surveyed reported that they had been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
"I think at least part of the answer to this communication dilemma can be answered by parents in the form of improved education," Cook wrote.
"When we educate ourselves, we begin to consider those admittedly frightening possibilities that ultimately increase our kids' safety." A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that educating teens through school-based intervention proved to be an effective way to decrease and stop teen dating abuse.
Even when teens are dating, they are still closer with their friends than romantic partners.
The security they feel in their friendships carries over to their romantic relationships.
During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships with others, and it is therefore an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of teen dating violence that can last into adulthood.