Teen Dating Violence : Research

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Teen Dating Violence
Research on adolescent dating violence (DV) is limited, even though it is a risk factor for adult intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV is a serious health concern that is linked to depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy (De Grace & Clarke, 2012). According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2016), teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Physical abuse occurs when a teen is pinched, hit, shoved, or kicked. Emotional abuse is considered threatening a teen or harming his/her sense of self-worth, and sexual abuse is forcing a teen to engage in a
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If you are under 18 and are residing with a parent/guardian, California law requires the court to notify at least one parent/guardian if you receive a protection order, unless doing so would not be in your best interests. The California Legislature has stated that funds for violence prevention can also be used for dating violence prevention education. California can improve on its policies by allowing all minors to file for protection orders without parental involvement or notification. Additionally, the state should require schools to include dating violence education in health classes in all middle schools and high schools (Love is Respect, 2016).
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Risk Factors The research conducted by Miller et al. (2011) confirms that physical dating violence in adolescents is common in the United States and that it is positively associated with a variety of childhood adversities. The twelve they assessed for in their study are: parental death, parental divorce, other long-term parental separation, parent’s mental illness, parental substance use disorder, parental criminality, interparental violence, serious physical illness in childhood, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and family economic adversity. Interparental violence, along with sexual abuse and parent mental illness, were found to be strong predictors of physical dating violence. A limitation of this research, however, is that the survey did not
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