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Teen Dating Abuse Study Findings

This is a story about Teen Dating Abuse the subject of a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Among other things presented at the meeting was this statistic; more than a third of teen guys and girls say they've been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey. They want to teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships. But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear. Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were "much more likely" to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences. The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships. Both behaviors are often "about establishing dominance," she says. The results suggest there is a "violence trajectory" and "if it's not addressed, it will escalate." While programs at school and elsewhere in communities may help, families can play a central role.DUH! Teens, like adults, sometimes have trouble recognizing that they are in an abusive relationship, experts say.
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