Friday, August 2, 2013

The Shocking Level of Dating Violence Among Teens and Adolescents

Kids who bully other kids are much more likely to abuse their partners as teens.

 

For all the recent hand-wringing over “cyberbullying” in schools, an older and more insidious type of bullying unfortunately remains, according to a new study: teen dating abuse. About one third of youths (ages 14 to 20) in the study said that they have been the victims of dating violence. And one third also said that they’ve been the perpetrators of it.

The study looked at more than a thousand kids across the U.S. over two years, and was led by Michele Ybarra of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. The researchers defined “violence” broadly: it could include psychological or emotional abuse as well as physical or sexual abuse.

What is surprising about the study’s results is the consistency—across gender, race, and family background—the cycle of abuse perpetuates. According to the study:
 
the rest of the story: http://www.psmag.com/health/dating-violence-among-teens-and-adolescents-is-surprisingly-common-63812/

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