Gender and contextual factors in adolescent dating violence
The study defined the perpetration of physical dating violence the same or in similar ways as studies looking at the adult population: scratching, slapping, kicking, shoving, punching, hitting, or throwing things.
Another study claimed that 73% of perpetrators were females.
Teen dating violence can have a devastating impact during the adolescent years.
Adolescents who experience dating violence are more likely to be depressed and anxious, contemplate suicide, display anti-social behaviors, and use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
The reality is that many teens are learning to abuse and be abused by their dates.
Unfortunately, research shows that 13% of teens who are either victims or perpetrators of intimate partner violence will be involved in more than one abusive relationship in a year.
More than 30% told no one at all, and 61% told a friend.
It may also be that females feel more comfortable reporting dating violence than males do.
In addition, slapping or pinching may seem more socially acceptable to report than the types of assault that are more typical of men.
The link between adolescent and adult dating violence suggests that if we want to decrease domestic abuse and battery, interventions need to target the young.
Preventative measures and education need to be started in early middle school and focus on both genders, not just males.