Peggy Giordano discusses her research on what characterizes teen dating violence and how it changes over time. Giordano also talks about how conflict over key areas within a relationship can increase the risk of violence. See additional Legal Policies and Disclaimers for all U.
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This article provides a critical review of the research literature with respect to risk factors for both perpetrators and victims of dating violence and examines the research on the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs.
Compared to boys, girls are more likely to sustain injuries and require medical treatment as a result of the violence (Makepeace, 1987).
Moreover, the emotional consequences of the violence are more harmful for females than for males.
Over time, controlling and demanding behavior may become increasingly violent and that violence can have negative effects on physical and mental health throughout life (including depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts).
Violence in teen dating relationships is alarmingly commonplace.
Young people sometimes spend more hours with educators – school administrators, teachers, and coaches – than they do with their own parents.
This is a lot of responsibility and it is also an amazing opportunity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research, one in 10 high school students report being a victim of physical dating violence.
Even more startling, adolescents who report experiencing dating violence are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and current sexual activity.
Creating, influencing, and fostering teen dating violence prevention efforts like Dating Matters gives us the opportunity to make a positive impact today and years from now.
- The ultimate goal is to stop dating violence before it starts.
It occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships and cuts across racial/ethnic and socio economic lines.