Dating patterns and teen problems
The researchers found that 30% of both boys and girls reported being victims of some form of violence in their dating relationships.
For example, teenage men may believe: And while all of those beliefs can also be seen in adults, they are likely more prevalent in teens.
There are many warning signs of dating abuse and they should always be taken seriously.
For teens, dating is about more than just finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.
It’s a critical part of adolescent development, but with reports of increased violence occurring within relationships, there is growing concern about how that early experience with dating aggression can impact young-adult relationships.
The research didn’t look at that, but it may be related to stress.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.“Unhealthy relationship experiences are associated with poor health and well-being,” says Exner-Cortens.“It’s a public-health problem that needs to be addressed through education and intervention.” Why does dating violence put young adults at risk for unhealthy behavior?They also inquired about actual physical violence — if they had been pushed or shoved or had something thrown at them.Five years later, that same group was questioned about health behaviors — things like suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, sexually risky behavior, depression, smoking and drug use — as well as if they had been the recipient of aggressive behavior by their partner in the past year.That could include being threatened with violence, pushed, shoved, hit, slapped or kicked.