Here’s the thing – most teenage romantic relationships are temporary – in fact, maybe that’s how it should be. Relationships are part of life. And as normal as relationships are, breakups are normal too. In many situations, breaking up can actually be better for everyone.
If you’re being emotionally, sexually, or physically hurt, reach out to a trusted adult for help.
Where to get help
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you or a friend might be in an abusive relationship, talk to a parent/caregiver, a school counselor, or another adult you trust, or a local domestic or sexual violence program.
National Dating Abuse Helpline
www.loveisrespect.org to chat online
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-833-656-HOPE (4673) or
www.rainn.org to chat online
If your friend seems really down, or suicidal, get help immediately
Total Strongly Agree or Disagree:
1-2 Strongly Agree or Agree – Consider breaking up – especially if you’re feeling put down or you’re doing this to your partner.
3 or more Strongly Agree or Agree – Hmm, sounds like it’s time to break up. You deserve a relationship based on trust, respect and compassion. Not sure? Take some time to talk to an adult or someone close to you that you trust more about it.
Quiz adapted from John Gottman, PhD
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