Teen dating behavior can be cause of concern, particularly when dating relationships are unhealthy, abusive, or violent. These negative experiences can have short and long term impacts on teens, such as depression, poor academic performance, substance use, suicide attempts, and risk for further victimization or perpetration later in life.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to distribute Families for Safe Dates materials. This program recognizes the important role parents play in their children’s lives and provides tips and strategies for overcoming difficult conversations about sex, relationships, and substance use. Safe Dates fits well within a health education, family life skills, or general life skills curriculum. Use as a dating abuse prevention tool for both male and female middle and high school students.
Families for Safe Dates is comprised of six booklets and was adapted by CDC for use with families of 8th grade students in conjunction with the CDC's Dating Matters: Strategies for Healthy Teen Relationships comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model.
Visit CDC for the 2019 released Dating Matters Toolkit and for more information about the Dating Matters program. Visit PHF's Online Store for additional resources.