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Recognizing Teen Dating Violence

Despite the prevalence of dating violence among teens, the issue is often not recognized as a health concern. Most teens do not know what to look for, and tend to deny its occurrence when it happens to them. Only about 33% of teens that experience dating violence report the incident. The best way parents can support their teens is to engage with them about their social lives – listening to their teens talk about the good and the bad. If the bad involves the actions of their significant other, it might be helpful for parents to then bring up the topic of dating violence in order to help their teens figure out what needs to change.

For parents whose teens do not feel comfortable discussing their private lives with family, or for parents with teens who are isolating themselves from their family altogether, we at Courage to Connect can help. Please feel free to contact us at (847) 730-3042 to set up an appointment with one of our therapists.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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