While it's possible that dating violence could cause thoughts of suicide, it's also possible that children who are depressed are more likely than others to fall into abusive relationships, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston who was not involved in the new study.Assaults by romantic partners often aren't isolated events.All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
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Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.
Researchers don't know if any of these events causes the others, however.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
He was very good looking and many girls wanted to be his girlfriend.
He never had many friends who were guys and he wasn't into sports.
"They need to feel safe telling a parent."Teens often hide the abuse from their parents, Spinks-Franklin says.
Teens may not be able to confide in friends, either, because abusers sometimes isolate their victims from loved ones.
Teens are sometimes more willing to talk to doctors, especially if their parents are not in the room.
Pediatrician Claire Mc Carthy says she talks about healthy relationships with her adolescent patients and asks if sex is consensual, but she says it is hard for doctors to find time to delve into such intimate issues, given that most pediatric appointments last only 15 minutes.
In this talk, Porter asks men to get out of this “man box” and boldly act in ways counter to what they’ve been taught.