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Healthy Relationships in Adolescence

During adolescence, young people learn how to form safe and healthy relationships with friends, parents, teachers, and romantic partners. Both boys and girls often try on different identities and roles during this time, and relationships contribute to their development. Peers, in particular, play a big role in identity formation, but relationships with caring adults – including parents, mentors or coaches – are also important for adolescent development. Often, the parent-adolescent relationship is the one relationship that informs how a young person handles other relationships. Unfortunately, adolescents sometimes develop unhealthy relationships, and experience or exhibit bullying or dating violence.

Bullying

Find information for preventing or stopping bullying.

Dating

Discover how dating can be a healthy part of development.

Dating Violence

Learn about unhealthy relationships and how to prevent dating violence.

Healthy Friendships

Find out how supportive friendships help adolescents transition into adulthood.

LGBTQ Youth

Learn about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 24, 2017