Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships
The majority of teens have been involved in a romantic relationship. The following brief, Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships, summarizes findings from focus groups that explored what teens themselves have to say about these relationships.
Among the findings:
- Teens view respect, trust, and love as essential to healthy relationships.
- Teens have a clear understanding and expectation of what defines a healthy romantic relationship.
- Teens' relationships typically fall short of their own standards of healthy romantic relationships.
- Infidelity, relationship violence, and few role models contribute to teens' low expectations for healthy relationships.