“He seemed honestly happy, he was really good at hiding what was going on,” Chris describes.“We didn’t find out until later how manipulative his girlfriend was being with him. I guess he felt like he was protecting her.” Chris and Jana noticed that Michael was becoming increasingly irritable and moody.Although many people assume that they will never have to face being in an abusive relationship, one in three teen relationships involves violence. Almost none of these teens tell their parents, and most teens in abusive relationships don't know where to seek help. But kids with learning and attention issues may face extra hurdles.Here are some potential issues to keep in mind—and ways you might be able to help.
He may be more likely than his peers to make poor choices about sex, drugs and alcohol use.But new research suggests there is probably a “wrong” age to start dating: middle school.If your pre-teen is in pursuit of a junior-high romance, make sure you’ve talked with them about these five risks: #1 Drug Use – Building on a large body of research, a recent study from the University of Georgia found children who date in middle school use alcohol and marijuana twice as much as their peers who hold off on dating until high school.Abuse affects people of every gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality. It is a way of controlling another person, and even abuse that doesn't leave physical marks can have profound emotional consequences and put the person being abused in danger. But along with learning about what it feels like to hold hands at the mall, and to sneak a kiss on the patio steps, it is also a time for teens to learn important concepts such as boundaries, autonomy, and the right to say “No” without consequences.Jana and Chris didn’t realize that their 16 year-old son Michael, was unprepared in any of these lessons soon after he started going out with a new girl he had met through a friend.Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, engagement in unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco and drug use, and alcohol, involvement in antisocial behaviors and thoughts about suicide.Early relationships in middle and older adolescence are, how should we describe it,… Remember Romeo and Juliet, the 13 year-olds from feuding families that Shakespeare tragically paired together in 15th century Verona?With good reason, we mythologize love in adolescence, with its power to plant in our hormonally-fertilized psyches the seeds of memories that will grow more and more sentimental to us into old age.