Perils of Teen Dating

Dating at a young age has become a common occurrence. The number of teens who are romantically involved with the opposite sex have continued to escalate, and with this comes the upsurge of teen dating violence.

Simply put, teen dating in this day and age has become very dangerous. Dangerous, in the sense that more and more teenage girls have experienced abuse – either physical or sexual – from their dates and/or boyfriends.

There’s nothing wrong in getting involved with the opposite sex even when both parties are still young for what would be called a "mature relationship". The problem lies when teenage boys resort to physical and/or sexual violence, and when teenage girls, in turn, accept this behavior from their partners.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a correlation was found between teen dating violence and damaging self-destructive behaviors in semblance of suicide attempts, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, promiscuity, and the use of laxatives to lose weight. This is an alarming finding, one that should not escape the immediate attention of parents.

Young teenage boys resort to violence because of what? Porn? Violent rap music? All the factors can be enumerated but chances are, we cannot prohibit these boys from patronizing these elements. What you can do as a parent is to talk to your sons and daughters about teen dating violence.

Make the boys understand that dating violence is morally wrong; make the girls understand that abusive behavior from their dates and/or boyfriends are not to be tolerated and accepted as part of the norm. Only by influencing the teens to follow a non-violent mindset can teen dating violence begin to have an end.