Is My Teen in a Healthy Relationship?


We commend you for your commitment to wanting to keep your teen safe in his or her relationship. Dealing with teen intimate relationships can be difficult as a parent. Teens often have intense levels of emotion in regard to their partner, even though it may be short-term and sporadic. As a parent, you can help your teen think rationally and critically about their relationship. But first, consider these warning signs:

Has your teen…

  • Shown a loss of concentration?
  • Shown signs of being afraid to upset their partner?
  • Spent excessive amounts of time in contact with their partner?
  • Lost contact with other friends?
  • Been constantly fighting with their partner?
  • Changed their behavior and/or appearance?
  • Had unexplained injuries?
  • Not been enjoying activities that he/she used to enjoy?
  • Become more aggravated and/or less independent?
  • Seemed persistent to be home at certain times to receive/make phone calls?
  • Seemed withdrawn from what is going on around him or her?
  • Told you about or have you been a witness to their partner calling them names, embarrassing them, or putting them down in front of others?

The more “yes-es” you answered, the greater the likelihood your teen is a target of high risk dating behaviors. On the flipside, it is possible your teen might be the one exhibiting these high risk behaviors:

Does your teen…

  • Appear jealous and possessive?
  • Blame their partner for anything that goes wrong?
  • Damage or ruin their partner’s things?
  • Want to control their partner’s decisions?
  • Constantly text or call their partner (especially to check whereabouts)?
  • Post embarrassing information about their partner on social media websites?

Need help getting started with talking to your teen? We understand. We recommend contacting a local victim advocate program for free, confidential assistance and advice. These programs are available 24 hours a day:


Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County                   Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center
Hotline: 273-7190                                                                           Hotline: 272-5308
www.dviolc.org                                                                              www.sarcclebanon.org
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