But she said she hopes that educators’ recent focus on social-emotional learning, which teaches social competencies that include decision-making skills, maintaining positive relationships, and managing emotions, will address issues around teaching kids about healthy relationships.
“Schools are devoting more time and energy to curricula that encourage empathy and compassion, and that’s what we’re really talking about here.
“What we’ve seen for a long time is that the biggest risk to high school students is when they’re in relationships where there is a large age disparity, meaning more than two years between them and their partner,” she said, adding that even “Developmentally, there is a really big difference between a 16-year old and an 18-year old or a 14 -year old and 16-year old, and as people get older, they have access to more freedom and mobility, whether that’s having a car or a job that gives them income.
Those things can be used to assert control over a partner,” Cushman said.
“What that data doesn’t tell us is the quality of those conversations and the overall message that is being given,” Cushman said.Infatuation usually occurs at the beginning of relationship when sexual attraction is central.Love can be described as feeling of intense affection for another person. Able to compromise so that either both win or at least give the other person's opinion a chance.Comprehensive sex education provides age-appropriate and accurate information that goes beyond the standard heterosexual and cisgender lens on how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by also addressing gender, relationships, consent, and issues affecting LGBTQ students.And it does all of this in a developmentally appropriate manner.Research has shown that 17 out of 20 high school girls are physically hurt and four out of 20 are sexually coerced when dating.These experiences affect young people’s health throughout their lives, as victims of dating violence are at a higher risk of victimization during college and are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.That same lesson can be applied as they get older to talking about romantic relationships.” But there has been some resistance from conservatives and local school boards to comprehensive sex education, particularly when it comes to mentioning gender.In the fall of last year, the Charleston County School Board voted to approve a new version of its middle school sex education curriculum and excluded an appendix that discussed how to tell a partner you don’t want to have sex, information about STDs, and qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships.Approximately 18 percent to 95 percent of schools taught students about how to create and sustain healthy relationships.The median across states was 92.6 percent and 73.5 percent, respectively.