A study published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday has shed light on the prevalence of teen dating violence.
According to the study, one in ten males who dated reported violence in their relationships.
These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.
Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.
Monday's report found that teens who experienced dating violence were more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors: attempted suicide, binge drinking and drug use.
The signs weren't obvious, especially to a 14 year-old, but it began with him telling me he didn't like the shirts I wore, or that my skirt was too short; at the time, it was easy to mistake jealousy and control for adoration.
Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.
Choose focuses on preventing dating abuse by educating 11- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships.
Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
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