Physical dating violence among high school students

Significant correlates of violence included dating patterns, grade point average, and the community in which the student lived.

Respondents said violence tended to recur, but they did not disclose this to parents or officials.

Students from three midwestern high schools were surveyed regarding their experience with sexual, physical, and verbal dating violence.

There were 631 respondents from suburban, rural, and inner-city schools.

A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.

The sample consisted of 556 random-selected students (50.2 % males; 47.5 % White, 37.8 % Black, 11.2 % Latino) who reported dating at least once during the four assessments.

Strategy Educating teens about abusive relationships helps prevent teen dating violence.

Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death.

Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.

(NCAVP, 2001; Dahir, 1999) However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.

Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).

We used generalized estimating equations modeling to predict the effects of sex, race, school grade, and physical dating perpetration and victimization on suicidal ideation.

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