I’m not sure if I’m just way too independent or if it’s that I have commitment issues, but you all know that I’ve never been in a serious relationship.
It’s not that I’ve never wanted one, it just hasn’t happened for me yet. I’ve got a couple of friends who can jump from one serious relationship to another.
Many individuals who never experience a high school relationship may just picture two naïve teens who are taking on more responsibility than they can possibly handle, and in many cases, those people are probably right.
The majority of the time, high school relationships do not last, as only two percent of new marriages in North America are compromised of "high school sweethearts." But the fact that these relationships do not last until marriage in no sense means that they do not teach those involved valuable lessons.
Relationships are a delicate topic when it comes to any age group, but the high school years are often overlooked, deemed to be not particularly important.
How do you know if you’re ready for a serious relationship?
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.
According to developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, adolescence is marked by the search for an identity.
Around age 19, young adults move into the search for intimacy.