The survey asked about 9,900 high school students whether they had experienced some type of violence from someone they dated. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study reveal that nearly 21% of female teens who date have experienced some form of violence at the hands of their partner in the last year—and almost half of male students report the same.For boys, about 4% reported experiencing physical violence, 3% experienced sexual violence and 10% experienced any type.Though girls were more likely to experience violence, the numbers show dating assaults affect young boys as well.
JAMAJAMA Cardiology JAMA Dermatology JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery JAMA Internal Medicine JAMA Neurology JAMA Oncology JAMA Ophthalmology JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery JAMA Pediatrics JAMA Psychiatry JAMA Surgery Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry Haynie DL, Farhat T, Brooks-Russell A, Wang J, Barbieri B, Iannotti RJ. Pub Med Article Wolitzky-Taylor KB, Ruggiero KJ, Danielson CK, et al. Dating violence perpetration and victimization among U. adolescents: prevalence, patterns, and associations with health complaints and substance use. Prevalence and correlates of dating violence in a national sample of adolescents. The results, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, showed that about 7% of teen girls reported experiencing physical violence, 8% said they experienced sexual violence and 6% experienced both.Almost 21% said they were the victim of some type of dating-related violence.
The findings also showed that those who experienced some form of dating violence also had a higher prevalence of other health risks like drinking alcohol, using drugs or thinking about suicide.Future research should look at the frequency of violence in teen dating relationships and how that may harm teens’ health, the researchers conclude.