Is My Teen in a Healthy Relationship?

ARE THEY SAFE?

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  • Seemed withdrawn from what is going on around him or her?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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