In a healthy relationship:
- Your partner respects you and your individuality
- You are both open and honest
- A good partner is not excessively jealous and does not make you feel guilty when you spend time with family and friends.
- Your partner supports you and your choices even when they disagree with you
- Both of you have equal say and respected boundaries
- Your partner understands that you need to study or hang out with friends or family
- You can communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences
- A good partner also compliments you, encourages you to achieve your goals and does not resent your accomplishments.
My partner doesn’t physically hurt me…does that mean I’m in a healthy relationship?
Just because there is no physical abuse in your relationship doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s not healthy if your partner:
- Is inconsiderate, disrespectful or distrustful
- Tries to control what you do, who you spend your time with, and what you wear
- Is overly jealous
- Humiliates you on Facebook or in front of your friends
- Constantly texts you
- Forces you sexually
- Threatens to hurt him/herself if you say you want to break-up
For more information about teens and healthy and unhealthy relationships, go to www.loveisrespect.org