Signs emotional abuse dating
According to Safe Youth.org, studies show that as many as 96% of American teenagers say that they have been emotionally and/or psychologically abused by a dating partner.
In other words, almost ALL teens report that they have been emotionally or psychologically mistreated, harmed, stalked, manipulated, or pressured in some way by a dating partner who claimed to love them and to have their best interest at heart.
For some truly excellent step-by-step tips about how to discuss this difficult topic with your teenager, and specific ways to keep her safe, please read this extremely helpful article about what parents need to know about teen dating abuse.The findings of this study (which covered all forms of abuse, including emotional abuse), were alarming to say the least.For instance, when it comes to one specific, ultra-controlling form of emotional abuse, the study results indicated that: "1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner." On a related note, extreme jealousy and possessiveness are very bad signs in a dating relationship.It is an ugly topic, and generally speaking, people do not like to spend a lot of time thinking about such troubling subjects.Unfortunately, the more society tries to brush topics like teen dating abuse under the rug, the more validated abusers feel in behaving the way that they do.