By "significant" I mean when young people want to experience a continuing relationship that involves more interest and caring than the casual socializing or friendship they have known before.
They want to pair up, at least for a while, to experience what a more serious involvement is like.
" Second: "Do I like how I treat the other person in the relationship?
" For example, "Do I accept the right of the other person to view things differently from me?
" -- The Conflict question: "Do you both manage disagreement so neither of you feels threatened or gets emotionally or physically injured?
" -- The Commitment question: "Do you both keep promises and agreements that have been made?
" -- The Honesty question: "Do you both trust each other to tell the truth?
"-- The Independence question: "Do you both support each other having separate time apart?
Healthy Relationships Unhealthy relationships are marked by characteristics such as disrespect and control.
It is important for youth to be able to recognize signs of unhealthy relationships before they escalate.
" Fourth: "Do I like how the other person treats himself or herself in the relationship?
" For example, "Does the other person manage frustration or disappointment calmly without becoming angry or upset?
Maintaining open lines of communication may help them form healthy relationships and recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships, thus preventing the violence before it starts.