Some people live in homes with parents who fight a lot or abuse each other — emotionally, verbally, or physically.For some people who have grown up around this kind of behavior it can almost seem normal or OK. Many of us learn from watching and imitating the people close to us.

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.

So someone who has lived around violent or disrespectful behavior may not have learned how to treat others with kindness and respect or how to expect the same treatment.

Qualities like kindness and respect are absolute requirements for a healthy relationship.

Ever notice that some teen relationships don't last very long?

It's no wonder — you're both still growing and changing every day.Some characteristics of unhealthy relationships include: It is important to educate youth about the value of respect and the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships before they start to date.Youth may not be equipped with the necessary skills to develop and maintain healthy relationships, and may not know how to break up in an appropriate way when necessary.Better to part as friends than to stay in something that you've outgrown or that no longer feels right for one or both of you.And before you go looking for amour from that hottie from French class, respect your current beau by breaking things off before you make your move.Also, intense relationships can be hard for some teens.