The data did not specifically address why many of the negative outcomes were different for boys and girls, or explain the conditions that led to revictimization, says Deinera Exner-Cortens, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Cornell University."We know that girls are more likely to experience more severe physical violence, sexual violence and injury, and they report more fear around their aggressive dating experiences," she says.
"We need more research to better understand how aggression functions in teen dating relationships."Healthy romantic relationships "are a very important developmental experience for teens," she adds.
Because victims and their abusers often attend the same school, it is difficult for survivors to avoid their perpetrator and further victimization.
The control, intimidation and violence experienced by teen survivors can lead them to avoid school and related activities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about one in 11 teens report being a victim of physical abuse – and one in five teens report being a victim of emotional abuse.
Physical abuse includes behaviors such as shoving, pushing, hitting, slapping, punching, kicking and grabbing.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Teen dating violence is a serious public health issue.Despite limitations, correlational research suggests that victims of teen dating violence are more likely to Abusers involved in teen dating violence create a pattern of behavior for themselves, which puts them at risk for ruining future relationships.In addition, perpetrators of teen dating violence may be more likely to bully and perpetrate violence against their peers.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. Sadly, teens and young women experience the highest rates of sexual assault, stalking and rape.The effects of teen dating violence go far beyond physical and emotional trauma.For some young people, these are healthy and loving relationships that offer excellent opportunities to explore their beliefs and values about relationships.For too many others, these relationships are unhealthy – and can cross the line into being emotionally and physically abusive.