Dating violence research
Adults may think of teenage relationships as superficial, short-lived, and insignificant.
However, a growing field of research suggests that behaviors in teen relationships shape future adult relationships.
Teen dating violence can have a devastating impact during the adolescent years.
Adolescents who experience dating violence are more likely to be depressed and anxious, contemplate suicide, display anti-social behaviors, and use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
In contrast, a negative home environment and community factors such as child maltreatment, low levels of parental supervision, and exposure to family violence are all risk factors for dating violence.
In order to decrease the incidence of youth dating violence, adolescents must learn what a healthy relationship is and learn that they have the power to identify and stop abusive and controlling behavior.
The study defined the perpetration of physical dating violence the same or in similar ways as studies looking at the adult population: scratching, slapping, kicking, shoving, punching, hitting, or throwing things.