Study shows dating violence prevalent among teens


dateWarn your teens about dating violence, which a new study shows is increasingly prevalent and committed by both boys and girls.

About one in three American youths age 14-20 say they’ve been victims of dating violence and almost one in three acknowledge they’ve committed violence toward a date, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 121st Annual Convention.

“Adolescent dating violence is common among young people. It also overlaps between victimization and perpetration and appears across different forms of dating abuse,” according to Michele Ybarra, of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, based in San Clemente, Calif.