Teen dating emotional abuse
In fact, girls between 16 and 24 are as likely than any other demographic to be abused by a boyfriend or other intimate partner.Once a milestone reserved for high schoolers, romantic relationships have slowly begun to bloom earlier in teens’ lives, sometimes as early as the age of 12 or 13.While both boys and girls can be victims of teen dating violence, girls are far more likely to suffer.Nearly 25% of teenage girls are estimated to have been in an abusive relationship.Teens (and in some cases pre-teens) are still developing critical emotional and mental maturities that place them at a disadvantage in dealing with the stresses of a romantic relationship.This leads to an increase in the number of relationships that go south.
Dating is an inevitable part of life that many experience for the first time as a teenager.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California-Santa Barbara have found teens experience digital dating abuse at similar rates, but girls reported that they were more upset by these behaviors and reported more negative emotional responses.
Social media is a hotbed of violent and abusive activity, especially for teenagers who are new to relationships and unsure of how to handle their feelings most appropriately.
One in three teenagers – nearly 1.5 Million – in a romantic relationship admits to being in an unhealthy relationship.