Importance of Teen Relationships
During your adolescents, you begin to learn how to form safe and healthy relationships. You are also trying to figure out who you are as a person and your relationships that you have in your life play in big role in figuring this out. The types of relationships you have in your life can have either a positive or negative impact on your well-being.
Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship
Minimization, denial, blame: not accepting responsibility for your actions, making a joke when you hurt your partner, telling your partner everything is his or her fault, making light of abuse
Anger/Emotional abuse: putting the other down, making them feel bad about themselves. Name calling, playing mind games, humiliation, imposing guilt
Using social status: treating the other like a servant, making all the decisions, defining gender roles
Isolation and exclusion: controlling what the other does, who they talk to, what they read, where they go, limiting outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions
Sexual Coercion: manipulating or making threats to get sex, tampering with birth control, reproductive coercion, getting someone drunk or drugged to get sex
Threats: making or carrying out threats, threatening to leave, commit suicide, threatening to report them to the police, making him or her drop charges, making the other do illegal things
Intimidation: making someone afraid by using looks, actions, gestures, smashing things, destroying property, abusing pets, or displaying weapons
- Honestly and Accountability
- Open Communication
- Intimacy with respect to boundaries
- Positive Physical Affection (respecting each others rights)
- Trust and Support
- Shared Responsibility
- Fairness and negotiation
If you feel that you are in an unhealthy relationship, we can help! You can contact your local Planned Parenthood, Riverview Center (sexual and domestic violence help) at 319-540-0080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I say?
“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I am struggling with…”
Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate
For more information go to www.plannedparenthood.org or call your local Planned Parenthood
Sexual Health & Pregnancy
Physical, emotional, verbal, cultural, and sexual are all types of violence. Bullying and the intent to harm are violent behaviors. Violence can come from anyone whether they are an adult or teen as well as familiar and unfamiliar people.
Do you identify or are you questioning your gender identity and gender expression? Are you thinking about coming out to your friends and family? This is a very personal process and it is a very intimate and vulnerable time when sharing with others.