15 year old guy dating a 17 year old
But one bad decision can impact a young man or woman’s future.Kairys suggests parents avoid direct confrontation. Instead, he recommends asking teens about their observations and opinions.“Our research does suggest that young teens with older partners are twice as likely to report these sexual relationships as ’non-voluntary,’ or that they didn’t choose to have sex of their own free will,” she says.“However, eight out of 10 females reported their sexual relationship with an older male was voluntary.” Scott is quick to point out that even if both partners believe the contact was voluntary, state statutory rape laws are based on the age of the parties involved.And it can be even harder if the guy she has her eye on is older.A 14-year-old dating a 17-year-old might be perfectly innocent but those who counsel adolescents warn that an age difference as little as three years can be cause for concern.Having sex with an older partner at a young age is also linked to reduced contraceptive use, and higher risk of both teen pregnancy and acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
“Parents can discuss values and basic guidelines and can start by asking their son or daughter what they expect in a healthy relationship.” When Scott studied communication among parents and adolescents, she observed an interesting pattern: Parents may think they’re communicating clearly about a topic when in fact they aren’t.“Ask your daughter what qualities she is looking for in a dating partner,” she says. ” The darker side of dating, regardless of age, is being in an abusive relationship. • Much of your time together is consumed by apologies, promises, guilt and anger.The Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) offers a checklist of some dating red flags that both teens and parents should know about: • Your partner is possessive. • You can never be yourself around your partner without negative consequences. Kairys suggests teens create a code word they can use to text their parents if they’re in an uncomfortable or scary situation, like being at a party where people are drinking excessively, doing drugs or getting out of control.“One of the most important things parents can convey to their kids is that they’re always going to be there for them,” he says.No matter who your teen chooses to date, remember that romantic relationships are a healthy part of adolescence, Scott says.
“They may offer vague advice such as, ’Take care of yourself,’ instead of addressing specific issues.