Types of aggressive relationships in adolescent dating violence

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Seven types of aggressive relationships in which adolescent dating violence occurs were identified in this qualitative study.

Eighty-five young adults described 114 aggressive romantic relationships they had experienced as adolescents.

Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.

However, until recently most dating violence research has focused on adult couples or college students, not on adolescents.The authors identified seven types of aggressive relationships in which adolescent dating violence occurs in this qualitative study.The authors used constant comparison analysis to create a typology from these data.With technological innovations and increased access to technology, youth are more likely to own and use cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices than ever before.Increased access to technology has benefits, but it also increases the risk of abuse.The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.

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