Electronic harassment usually occurred off school property and outside of school hours.Teens reported that the most common forms of electronic abuse involved their partner messing with their social media accounts, sending them embarrassing and/or threatening messages, pressuring them to share risqué and/or sexual photos and sending many, many messages.
A scary finding was that both boys and girls justify violent actions in which it is okay to hit their dating partner.
Twenty five percent of boys and girls in high school said if your partner cheated on you, you should be allowed to hit him/her, and if your partner makes you jealous you should also be able to hit him/her.
Mothers were more likely than fathers to engage in these conversations.
The study also found that teen dating violence was less likely to be discussed than other teen-related issues such as: academics, alcohol and drugs, family finances, sex, and dating relationships in general.
She had just turned 17 and she should be in the prime of her teen years. Unfortunately, many victims of domestic violence were once victims to another very real issue, Teen Dating Violence (which also runs a national campaign in the month of February).
She should be carefree and having fun, but that was far from the truth! Teen Dating Violence is defined as the psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual violence that occurs within a dating relationship.
The study controlled for pubertal development, child maltreatment history and a range of socio-demographic factors."In addition to clarifying potential long-term impacts of teen dating violence victimization, our study highlights the importance of talking to all adolescents about dating and dating violence," Exner-Cortens said.
"This includes prioritizing teen dating violence screening during clinical visits and developing health care-based interventions for responding to adolescents who are in unhealthy relationships, in order to help reduce future health problems in these teens."Study co-authors are John Eckenrode, Cornell professor of human development and director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and Emily Rothman at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Abusive Dating Partner Warning Signs Here are some early warning signs that a dating partner may have violent and abusive tendencies: • Extreme jealousy • Controlling and demanding • Manipulative and deceitful behavior • Quick to fall in love • Unpredictable mood swings • Use of alcohol and/or drugs • Violent and aggressive tendencies • Isolates victim from friends and family • Uses physical force during arguments • Requires constant contact, does not give space • Calls names and continuously puts others down • Comes from a family history of violence or criminal behavior • Dating Violence Victim Warning Signs: • Physical signs of injury • Decline in school performance • Decline in hygiene and appearance • Indecisive • Changes in mood or personality • Use of drugs/alcohol • Isolation • Depression • Decrease in self-esteem • Withdrawn from family and friends • Withdrawn from activities once enjoyed doing • • Overly dependent on boyfriend/girlfriend • Pregnancy • Has unexplainable injuries Helping your teen...
In a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers found that 55% of parents reported talking to their teen (ages 11 to 18) about dating violence.
The authors found that teen girls and boys reported aggressive experiences in relationships nearly equally, with 30 percent of males and 31 percent of females in the study showing a history of physical and/or psychological dating violence."Teens are experiencing their first romantic relationships, so it could be that aggressive relationships are skewing their view of what's normal and healthy and putting them on a trajectory for future victimization," said lead author Deinera Exner-Cortens, M. '10, a doctoral student in the field of human development in the College of Human Ecology.