Situations that could effect the Health of a Family- Changes in Family Structure Moving Financial Problems Illness or Disability Substance Abuse How does your family cope with stress? Talk Do your part as a family member Know who to ask for help
Dating Relationships One major benefit of dating: 1.) Provides an opportunity for you to get to know yourself better- to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Choosing not to date right now: Some teens choose not to date for many reasons: 1.) Do not feel emotionally ready 2.) Time commitments 3.) Parents rules ** It is important to wait until you feel comfortable.
Some ways that conflicts build: 1.) Power 2.) Property 3.) Jealousy 4.) Authority 5.) Space/Territory
Take a step back from the situation and ask a couple of questions: 1.) What is really bothering me and why? 2.) Is this a minor or major problem? 3.) What is my part in the problem? **It is important to learn how to properly respond to conflict.
Aggressive- not effective Passive- not effective Assertive- saying what you mean in a clear, non-threatening way Nonverbal Communication Just as important as verbal communication
Types of abuse Physical abuse often the most easily recognized form of abuse. Physical abuse can be any kind of hitting, shaking, burning, pinching, biting, choking, throwing, beating, and other actions that cause physical injury, leave marks, or cause pain. Sexual abuse any type of sexual contact between an adult and anyone younger than 18; between a significantly older child and a younger child; or if one person overpowers another, regardless of age. If a family member sexually abuses another family member, this is called incest. About 75 percent of all sexual assaults or attacks are committed by people the victim knows. Mental/emotional abuse can be the most difficult to identify because there are usually no outward signs of the abuse. Emotional abuse happens when yelling and anger go too far or when parents constantly criticize, threaten, or dismiss kids or teens until their self-esteem and feelings of self- worth are damaged. Emotional abuse can hurt and cause damage just as physical abuse does.
Mental/emotional abuse can be the most difficult to identify because there are usually no outward signs of the abuse. Emotional abuse happens when yelling and anger go too far or when parents constantly criticize, threaten, or dismiss kids or teens until their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth are damaged. Emotional abuse can hurt and cause damage just as physical abuse does. Neglect Neglect occurs when a child or teen doesn't have adequate food, housing, clothes, medical care, or supervision. Emotional neglect happens when a parent doesn't provide enough emotional support or deliberately and consistently pays very little or no attention to a child. This doesn't mean that a parent doesn't give a kid something he or she wants, like a new computer or a cell phone, but refers to more basic needs like food, shelter, and love.
People who are being abused need to get help. Keeping the abuse a secret doesn't protect anyone from being abused — it only makes it more likely that the abuse will continue. If you or anyone you know is being abused, talk to someone you or your friend can trust — a family member, a trusted teacher, a doctor, or a school or religious youth counselor. Many teachers and counselors have training in how to recognize and report abuse. Many teens who have experienced abuse find that painful emotions may linger even after the abuse stops. Working with a therapist is one way to sort through the complicated feelings and reactions that being abused creates, and the process can help to rebuild feelings of safety, confidence, and self- esteem.