Unhealthy age differences in teen dating

07 May

And once you’ve pondered over these few details, there’s a good chance you’ll know if your love can survive the odds. If both of you are younger and in your teens or early twenties, even a few years of age difference can have a huge impact on the relationship.

But as you enter your thirties or forties, the worry about the difference in age starts to diminish, only to resurface again in the fifties and the sixties.

"The best thing about the age difference being so dramatic is that we both teach each other so many things about our generations," she says.

Ted is a big fan of old-fashioned chivalry, making sure to open doors for her, pulling out her chair and bringing her little gifts. I always feel like a lady because he always treats me like one," she says.

Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.

Now broaden that circle and think about their friends, as well as all the other young people their age within their schools, youth groups and online communities.

[Read: 25 relationship rules for successful love] Does age difference in relationships matter?

Sometimes, the age difference between two lovers makes no difference.

Adolescents in the age range 15-18 reported higher rates of relationship abuse than youth ages 12-14.

The survey results showed similar rates of girls and boys reporting victimization and victimization/perpetration.