But when the smartphone is constantly buzzing with messages from a significant other, it could be a sign of dating violence. They often have an explosive temper, are jealous, put their partner down, isolate their date from friends and families, make false accusations, have mood swings, seem possessive or bossy, and will pressure their date to do things against his or her will. Jealous partners might text, call or email constantly or ask for their partner’s passwords and look over their date’s shoulder to view who is sending messages.
Both boys and girls who had experienced dating violence were more likely to display three or more of 10 behavioral and psychological health problems, including binge eating, cigarette smoking, alcohol or marijuana use, depressive symptoms and low self-esteem, the researchers found.
Kids who are victims of dating violence are more likely to have problems with school, substance abuse, depression and social experiences, according to a recent study. The AAP urges parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships in middle school, before dating starts.
This is particularly important for preteens who see intimate partner violence at home.
They may engage in unhealthy behaviors, like drug and alcohol use.
The anger and stress that victims feel may lead to eating disorders and depression. Although the challenges that our tribal communities face may be staggering, there is a light of resilience building up within our Native youth.