HONOLULU — About one in three American youths age 14-20 say they’ve been of 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.Girls were almost equally likely to be a perpetrator as a victim of violence: 41 percent reported victimization and 35 percent reported perpetration at some point in their lives.Among boys, 37 percent said they had been on the receiving end, while 29 percent reported being the perpetrator, Ybarra said.You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.
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It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Researchers analyzed information collected in 20 from 1,058 youths in the Growing Up with Media study, a national online survey funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study defines teen dating violence as physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship.