According to the California Adolescent Health Cooperative, teen dating abuse and violence is a public health issue.
It is epidemic in occurrence and has short and long-term effects on teen relationships.
About 20% of both girls and boys said they experienced only psychological violence; 2% of girls and 3% of boys said just physical. When researchers analyzed data from the same young adults five years later, they found notable differences:• Girls victimized by a teen boyfriend reported more heavy drinking, smoking, depression and thoughts of suicide.• Boys who had been victimized reported increased anti-social behaviors, such as delinquency, marijuana use and thoughts of suicide.• Those of both sexes who were in aggressive relationships as teens were two to three times more likely to be in violent relationships as young adults.
The data did not specifically address why many of the negative outcomes were different for boys and girls, or explain the conditions that led to revictimization, says Deinera Exner-Cortens, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Cornell University."We know that girls are more likely to experience more severe physical violence, sexual violence and injury, and they report more fear around their aggressive dating experiences," she says.
Approximately 9 percent of teens reported that they experienced physical dating violence, such as being slapped, according to the U. The surveys, which were part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, included 52 middle schools and 80 high schools across the United States representing both urban and rural areas.
Please note: This article was published more than one year ago.The above information is courtesy of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Australia.An online publication from the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada reported the emotional effect of dating violence varied by gender. However, both boys and girls who feared family violence and had friends in violent relationships were more upset.But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.The surveys asked about physical and psychological violence in romantic relationships, and also about feeling depressed, having suicidal thoughts, drinking and doing drugs."What stood out was, across both genders and types of victimization, teens who experienced teen dating violence were two to three times more likely to be re-victimized by a partner in young adulthood," said study author Deinera Exner-Cortens, a graduate student in the department of human development at Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Exner-Cortens and her colleagues also found that teens who were victims of dating violence faced higher rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and heavy drinking, which varied by gender. 10 and in the January 2013 print issue of the journal Pediatrics."Romantic relationships are really important developmental experiences, where [teens] develop their identity," Exner-Cortens said."If these relationships aren't going very well, it somehow skews their view of what a healthy relationship is and their healthy development."Previous research from nationwide surveys has found that about 20 percent of teens said they have experienced psychological violence in their relationship, such as being insulted or threatened. In the current study, Exner-Cortens and her colleagues looked at data that had been collected on nearly 5,700 heterosexual adolescents who had been in a dating or sexual relationship in the past year.It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.Those adolescents who had just friends in violent romances were not upset with their own situations.Researchers speculated dating violence was seen as a peer group norm and thus was not upsetting.Interviewers also assessed whether the participants had depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem or antisocial behavior; had engaged in risky sexual behavior such as not using a condom; tried to control their weight through means such as vomiting or diet pills; or engaged in heavy drinking, cigarette smoking or illegal drug use.Five years later, interviewers asked participants the same questions, when they were between the ages of 18 and 25, but instead of asking about both psychological and physical violence, they inquired about adult intimate partner violence, which is based only on physical violence."We need more research to better understand how aggression functions in teen dating relationships."Healthy romantic relationships "are a very important developmental experience for teens," she adds.