Controlling behaviors, such as demanding passwords to email accounts or constant texting and phone calls may initially be viewed as signs of love – that a dating partner is taking an interest in their lives and showing how much they care.
However, these behaviors are warning signs that a relationship may ultimately become abusive.
There are specific warning signs that may indicate your teen is in an abusive relationship.
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When children understand what a healthy relationship is, they are less likely to accept dating violence and are more likely to have positive attitudes toward gender equality, according to a recent study.
Healthy parent-child relationships also lead to more satisfaction in romantic relationships.
They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.
Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.