The Guttmacher Institute notes that nearly half of American teens are sexually active, and too often this is the result of pressure.
Teen dating violence has serious consequences for victims and their schools.
Witnessing violence has been associated with decreased school attendance and academic performance. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report.
Too often teens enter into a relationship before they love even themselves, which turns into dependency.
Kimiberly Kirberger, author of "Teen Love: On Relationships, A Book for Teenagers," urges teens to learn more about themselves, cultivate their personalities and find their self-esteem before attempting a relationship.
Educating young people about healthy relationships is critical to preventing dating abuse.
There are many tools available to help schools get started. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 gov --------------------------------------------------- “National Rates of Adolescent Physical, Psychological, and Sexual Teen-Dating Violence,” Michele Ybarra Ph D, MPH, Center for Innovative Public Health Research; Dorothy L. When teens are participants in a relationship, a variety of problems can arise that make teens feel pressured, stressed out and even neglectful of other responsibilities.Talk to your teen about appropriate relationships and what to watch for when committed to one.The teenage years can be confusing to many, parents included.Some teens fall in love young and curtain themselves off from other social experiences, whereas some are still immature, young and still exploring their own development.More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her.