Teenagers are also forced to navigate through the many societal messages on gender roles and relationships. Society and mainstream media repeatedly reinforce the idea that masculinity is defined by being powerful, strong, and in control. Without appropriate guidance, control can quickly turn into psychological and emotional abuse, threats, possessiveness, intimidation, and physical violence.
Throughout their attempts to formulate intimate relationships, teenagers continue to be highly influenced by the adults around them. Parents have the power to be positive role models and engage in respectful relationships so that their youth can see what that should look like.