Dating and relationships in adolescence
According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of psychological victimization is even higher: Between two and three in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. As for perpetration rates, there are currently no nationwide estimates for who does the abusing, and state estimates vary significantly.
In fact, teens have more conflicts with their parents and peers than with romantic partners, though conflict within romantic relationships increases with age.There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue.But here are some averages: Many teenagers spend a lot of time thinking and talking about being in a relationship.Romantic relationships have much to teach adolescents about communication, emotion, empathy, identity, and (for some couples) sex.While these lessons can often provide a valuable foundation for long-term relationships in adulthood, they are also important contributors to growth, resilience, and happiness in the teen years.