The world wants to define dating for your teenager.Satan bombards her with images of "normal relationships" that contradict God's Word."I think at least part of the answer to this communication dilemma can be answered by parents in the form of improved education," Cook wrote."When we educate ourselves, we begin to consider those admittedly frightening possibilities that ultimately increase our kids' safety." A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that educating teens through school-based intervention proved to be an effective way to decrease and stop teen dating abuse.These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.
While the general public knows that Valentine's Day is in February, most may not be aware that it is also a month dedicated to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
According to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative was started by teenagers, and in 2005, the need for addressing teen violence was included in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
In 2010, Congress changed National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week to Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month that will begin Feb. "About 1 in 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship," wrote Russell Cook, a family advocate, in an article on the Barksdale Air Force Base website.
Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers.
Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle-school bullies.