Often when we think of abuse in romantic relationships, we picture adults. But in the past few years, recent studies have shined a spotlight on the prevalence of this issue for America’s teenagers. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that approximately 9% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months before surveyed. Part of the reason we find that this issue is not well-known is that there is a lack of communication on the subject with parents and their teens – which we can all well understand with teen/parent dynamics! Here at the CARE Center, we have a passion for increasing family dialogues about these issues, and have found a few fun activities that we encourage parents and teens to do together to get the conversation started. Please see below!
The Relationship Spectrum: Test your knowledge with one another about what counts as healthy v. abusive behavior in relationships.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR, Surveillance Summaries 2012; 61(no. SS-4).
Written By: Meredith Fort