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Dating and Relationships

Adolescence is a time when you are starting to feel and understand your own emotions. During this time you may be looking for some guidance in order  to be effective in relating to your friends, family, as well as girlfriends and boyfriends.  You may be at the point where you want to consider dating and it is important to know how to build healthy, loving and supportive relationships and to have an understanding that you are not the only one having these feelings. Dating can be complicated and it’s important to have information and assistance throughout the process.

Check out these great resources that can help you answer some questions you may have about dating, relationships and reproductive health.

ACT for Youth

If you’re looking for a one stop website that has tons of resources that can help you build healthy relationship skills, check out this website.  On their site, you can find resources that can help you with decision-making, goal setting, developing interpersonal skills, addressing digital harassment, and knowing your own value in intimate relationships.   You can also explore information on a variety of relationships; including friends and family, infatuations and first romances.  You will also find articles and blogs written by teens about relationships.  Check out the ACT for Youth website: http://www.actforyouth.net/health_sexuality/sexual_health/community/adulthood/ relationships.cfm

Love is Respect

Maintaining a healthy relationship is very important; sometimes it  can be hard to determine whether or not your relationship is healthy, especially if you haven’t dated a lot. Explore the Love is Respect website to learn the basics of dating, healthy relationships and drawing the line before abuse starts. You can also check out blogs and videos from other teens who offer dating advice. www.loveisrespect.org/

Advocates for Youth

In order to live a safe and healthy life it’s important to be informed.  This website provides resources on lots of different topics that can help you make informed and responsible decisions about your reproductive and sexual health. This website takes a positive and realistic approach and it also contains a huge research center where you can find information on just about everything related to your sexual health.  For more information, check out their website here: www.advocatesforyouth.org/topics-and-issues

youthhood.org

Provides tips on how to solve any health or emotional problems that you may be having, or if you’re just looking for information about your body and healthy relationships, then you will want to check out their outstanding and fun website: http://www.youthhood.org/health/ba_sexuality.asp

To learn more about the value of social networking, dating with a disability, parenting with a disability and to find  a variety of other resources, please visit this website: http://transitions.mda.org/independence

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