tell it like it is jpgThe new Child Trends’ Research Brief “Tell It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships” highlights findings from focus groups asking teens themselves about their relationships.  While the authors highlight the policy and programmatic impact on STIs and teen pregnancy, violence in teen relationships emerges as an issue in the focus groups.
The report finds that despite teens having “…a clear understanding of what makes a romantic relationship a healthy one…. teens have low expectations for experiencing these qualities in their own relationships.”
Finding information from teens about their perceptions of relationships is an important element in developing and implementing teen dating violence prevention programs. If the program intends to promote positive relationships this information is very important.
Thanks to Lisa Fujie Parks of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence for sharing this report with me.