Healthy Teen Relationships

Healthy Teen Relationships

Relationship violence is a highly under-reported phenomenon. Teens are often reluctant to talk about violence that may be occurring in their relationship because they associate it with love. Prevalence of teen dating violence has been estimated as low as 9% and as high as 57%. The most highly reported statistic is that 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship.

This video is public service announcement which was created for parents of teens to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Teens in dating relationships can experience issues with power and control. These may be in the form of hitting, slapping, pushing, verbal insults, or more subtle forms of intimidation like controlling behaviors such as the text messages shown in the video.

Patterns of controlling behavior can highly influence an individual's health. Among today's tech-savvy teens, text messages are a primary form of communication, that parents may not see. Text messages can serve as a conduit for abuse and control for teens in unhealthy relationships. With most domestic and teen dating violence, much of the abuse happens in private. If we can talk to teens about dating violence and teach them to recognize healthy relationships, it may protect them from violence in their relationship and ensure safety in their adult relationships.

If you are, or know a teen who has been, subject to this kind of abuse, then talking to a trusted adult is always a good way forward.  Don't think that dealing with it alone is the best way

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at and find out more at

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