Teen Dating Violence Harms Both Genders, Government Report Shows

According to the CDC, approximately 21% of female teens have experienced some form of violence at the hands of their partner, with almost 10% of male students reporting the same. The study, ultimately published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, asked 9,000 students on their experiences with dating violence. This included physical violence, sexual violence, or both at the hands of their dating partner. The CDC had not previously included reports on sexual violence as it pertained to dating violence. While girls were more likely to experience violence, the study indicated that both genders were at risk for victimization. Teens who experienced this violence were also more likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol or report suicidal ideation. More>>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on Dating and Interpersonal Violence. Learn more about Tulane research projects.