Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.At loveisrespect, we talk a lot about how to support someone you care about if they are being abused.But what if the person you care about is the one who is being abusive toward their partner? This can be such a difficult situation to deal with.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
The objectives of this study is to examine dating violence perpetration and victimization (physical, psychological, and sexual) and lifetime substance use (alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs) as longitudinal predictors of adolescents’ risky sexual behavior across 1 year and to determine whether predictors varied across adolescents’ gender and ethnicity.
Overall, substance use was a longitudinal predictor of risky sexual behavior across the three ethnic groups, with physical dating violence victimization being the only type of dating violence longitudinally predicting risky sexual behavior.
Prevention efforts should consider the roles of physical dating violence and substance use in preventing risky sexual behavior.
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A sample of Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic male and female adolescents from seven public high schools in Texas ( = 882) participated.