Victims of dating violence and abuse are more likely to engage in physical fights, binge drinking and suicide attempts.Teens in violent or abusive dating relationships can experience disruptions in the normal development of positive self-esteem and body image.
The above information is courtesy of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Australia.
An online publication from the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada reported the emotional effect of dating violence varied by gender. However, both boys and girls who feared family violence and had friends in violent relationships were more upset.
However, unhealthy sexual behaviors can result in unintended pregnancies, sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV infections.
Rates of alcohol, other drugs and tobacco use are twice as high for girls who report physical or sexual abuse.
Teens can learn relationship skills in romances that will help them in adult relationships.
These include the ability to manage and regulate strong emotions, conflict negotiation skills, and how to develop and maintain intimate relationships.
In a study from a nationwide survey of 500 parents of children ages 14 to 18, just more than half had discussed dating abuse with their children.
The survey was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2011.
According to the California Adolescent Health Cooperative, teen dating abuse and violence is a public health issue.