Problems with Teenage Dating
Teenagers face stress or experience peer pressure almost everyday. They are not only undergoing unnerving biological changes, but also a stage of “transition from childhood to adulthood”. And apart from all these, teenagers who date experience even more pressure and stress as they try to build a strong relationship in the middle of these changes. Here are some of the common problems with teenage dating.
- A recent study by Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has found that there is a link between substance abuse and teenage dating.
- The study found that teens who spend 25 or more hours per week with a boyfriend or girlfriend tend to abuse drugs more.
- The study has also found that teenage girls dating senior guys are more likely to abuse substances, smoke and try marijuana.
Teen Dating Violence:
- According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teenage dating violence takes various forms.
- Physical abuse includes kicking, hitting, shoving and other aggressive physical behaviors.
- Sexual abuse includes compelling someone to engage in unwanted sexual activities against his/her will.
- Emotional abuse involves bullying, verbal abuse, isolating, intentionally embarrassing and humiliating a partner.
- According to the CDC , every year 10% of students in America report of verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse from their dating partners.
- The CDC highly recommends educating teenagers about the dangers and risks of teenage dating violence by guiding them to participate in some prevention programs like the school-based program “Safe Dates.”
- Victimized teens can also directly contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for advice and help.
Risky Sexual Behavior:
- Teenage dating can lead to many unsafe or unwanted sexual acts, which cause many health problems or sexually transmitted diseases.
- Potential sexual transmitted diseases risks include chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea and human papillomavirus.
- Many health dangers and risks can be prevented by using condoms, which also reduce unwanted pregnancies.