Factors of teen dating
“We need to find ways to better support adolescents who are identified as victims of dating violence and provide effective wrap-around services that address the risks these adolescents may experience.” Deinera Exner-Cortens, formerly with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University and now with the University of Calgary, led the research.Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Futures Without Violence join forces to Promote Healthy Relationships among 11-to 14-year-olds A new study of 1,430 7th-grade students released today reveals that many 7th-graders are dating and experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence.Parent-child communication is considered a protective factor that reduces the risk for teen dating violence.The study was conducted by RTI International (RTI) on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of an independent evaluation of their Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) initiative.The results point to the need to integrate the topic of dating violence in adolescent education using active methods with the effective participation of everyone involved in the process (adolescents, parents, teachers and health professionals).Only in this way will it be possible to develop healthy emotional relationship skills.More research is necessary to understand “why and how these trajectories occur,” write Emily Rothman, associate professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, and coauthors.Among the possible factors are increased risks of depression and substance use.
The findings suggest that more needs to be done to identify adolescents who have experienced dating violence, through screenings in pediatric offices, school-based health centers, and other health care settings, Rothman says.
For a new study, researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of US high school and middle school students, ages 12 to 17, who were followed into adulthood 5 and 12 years later.
Compared to people who didn’t experience victimization in adolescence, those who experienced teen dating violence were more likely to report physical intimate-partner violence in those later years.
Dating violence is a relevant social problem in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships.
Particular attention has begun to be paid to it by the scientific community in the last two decades.