Link between love, respect vital to healthy teen dating

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Link between love, respect vital to healthy teen dating

by: Carl Neighbors, 51st Medical Operations Squadron | .
Family Advocacy Office | .
published: February 12, 2014

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  -- Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year, or that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner? You should!

Although these statistics may seem staggering, there are ways that you can help protect your teen from becoming a victim of dating violence.

Below are a few suggestions for what parents and others can do to help prevent teen dating violence.

- Instill self-worth by listening to your teen and sharing that you value their feelings and opinions

- Teach your teen the difference between "falling in love" and "growing in love"

- Spend quality time with your teen and talk with (not to) them daily to cultivate trust

- Be comfortable talking about "uncomfortable" subjects with your teen

These suggestions are only a start. Please don't hesitate to ask for more information, or reach out for help if you or someone you love has been the victim of teen dating violence.

There will also be several opportunities to learn more about teen dating violence with your teen throughout the month, including information tables at the base Exchange from Feb. 10 to 13, and a Teen Summit featuring skits and games from 5 to 10 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Youth Center.

For more information, contact the 51st Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Office at 784-5010, the Airman and Family Readiness Center military and family life consultant at 784-5440, the base Chapel at 784-5000, or your medical provider.

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