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.
Teen dating violence is an often-unrecognized subcategory of domestic violence.In the past, teen romances have been considered relatively unimportant because they are short-lived and seemingly unstable.Research documents teen romances play significant roles in the lives of adolescents and have significant effects on their psychological development and their future adult relationships.Youth Voices is working with students from Arroyo High School to explore El Monte/South El Monte and the surrounding communities.The students have formed teams to explore and investigate their communities, map assets, collect and share stories, data and community input for their projects.This adds to a body of research suggesting that teen dating violence "is a substantial public health problem," says the study, in today's Pediatrics.About 20% of both girls and boys said they experienced only psychological violence; 2% of girls and 3% of boys said just physical. When researchers analyzed data from the same young adults five years later, they found notable differences:• Girls victimized by a teen boyfriend reported more heavy drinking, smoking, depression and thoughts of suicide.• Boys who had been victimized reported increased anti-social behaviors, such as delinquency, marijuana use and thoughts of suicide.• Those of both sexes who were in aggressive relationships as teens were two to three times more likely to be in violent relationships as young adults.The data did not specifically address why many of the negative outcomes were different for boys and girls, or explain the conditions that led to revictimization, says Deinera Exner-Cortens, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Cornell University."We know that girls are more likely to experience more severe physical violence, sexual violence and injury, and they report more fear around their aggressive dating experiences," she says."We need more research to better understand how aggression functions in teen dating relationships."Healthy romantic relationships "are a very important developmental experience for teens," she adds.Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner such as demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyberbullying, non-consensual sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on social media.