Healthy Relationships

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Young women who are in relationships that involve violence are more likely to abuse substances, develop eating disorders, conduct risky sexual behaviors, get pregnant, and even commit suicide.

Everyone has the right, and deserves to be in a safe, healthy and happy relationship.

To maintain a strong, healthy relationship, both people have to put in the effort. There should be an equal balance of decision making and “give and take” in the relationship.

Relationships are never perfect. Disagreements are a normal part of relationships. How people choose to handle the disagreement can make the difference between a relationship being healthy or unhealthy. If disagreements are constructively resolved, they can actually strengthen the relationship.

How do you know if you have a healthy relationship?

Your relationship is healthy if…

  • You trust each other.
  • You respect and not criticize your partner’s beliefs, opinions, and thoughts.
  • You both feel safe in the relationship.
  • You each enjoy spending time separately, with your own friends, as well as with each other’s friends.
  • You have equal decision-making power.
  • You don’t have to make excuses for your partner’s behavior.
  • You and your partner like each other for who you are.
  • You feel comfortable sharing your opinions, even when they differ from your partners.
  • You don’t have to spend every moment with your partner. You each enjoy doing things together, as well as separately.
  • You have close family and friends who like your partner and are happy about your relationship.
  • You never feel like you’re being pressured for sex or to do anything sexual.
  • Your partner respects your privacy and doesn’t go through your cell phone, mail, email, or social networking site profiles.
  • Your partner does not call or text you constantly to see where you are, who you are with and what you are doing.
  • You always treat each other with respect.

Adapted from, “The Teen Relationship Workbook”, Wellness Reproductions & Publishing, Inc.