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Parent-child communication is considered a protective factor that reduces the risk for teen dating violence.
The study was conducted by RTI International (RTI) on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of an independent evaluation of their Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) initiative.
No matter who you are, what you know, where you work, or where you live, you can make a difference.
Teen dating violence and abuse is a major public health problem in our society–consequences go beyond damaged self esteem, poor school performance, and limited growth potential.
We all know how critical these years are for young people’s development, and yet we often find ourselves unsure of how best to guide kids through them. And if we succeed, we can ensure that our young people leave middle school with the building blocks for a lifetime of healthy relationships.