Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine: Healthy Relationships (Video Transcript)
Pediatrician Paula Cody, MD, of American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, says it's never to early to talk to teens about with boyfriends and girlfriends, because too many get involved in unhealthy relationships, some violent.
Watch Dr. Cody's video, or read the transcript below:
It's never too early to start having conversations about healthy relationships. Because unfortunately, according to the Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 1 in 10 teens have experienced physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend. And this is by the time they graduate high school.
So it's never too early. And the best time to start talking about boyfriends or girlfriends is before they have a boyfriend or girlfriend. So you've got to start early.
Things you can do is model what a healthy relationship is. Kids are watching and they see how you interact with other people and they will model it. They are also impacted by negative role models. And kids who grow up in neighborhoods with violence or homes with violence are more likely to be in unhealthy relationships when they get older.
You can talk to them -- the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy relationship. For example, a healthy relationship, they're -- if there's an argument they -- it's a good, open communication just to resolve the argument. Versus in an unhealthy relationship there is -- there can be violence. There can be pressure. One tends to dominate the other.
In a healthy relationship the good times outweigh the bad. In an unhealthy relationship the bad times outnumber the good.