Consequently, those in the field have to rely on an framework to examine the problem of teen dating violence.
However, we find that this adult framework does not take into account key differences between adolescent and adult romantic relationships.
And so, to help further the discussion, we offer in this article a gender-based analysis of teen dating violence with a developmental perspective. We look at what we know — and what we don't know — about who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in teen dating violence.
In many cases, teens in abusive relationships experience severe psychological conflict which can lead to changes in their behavior.
Some warning signs to watch out for include increased levels of aggression, isolation from family and friends, and erratic mood swings.
Most of the practitioners in attendance — representing national organizations, schools and victim service community-based agencies — said that they primarily see female victims, and when they discuss teen dating violence with students, they hear that boys are the primary perpetrators. Because teen dating violence has only recently been recognized as a significant public health problem, the complex nature of this phenomenon is not fully understood.
Although research on rates of perpetration and victimization exists, research that examines the problem from a longitudinal perspective and considers the dynamics of teen romantic relationships is lacking.
Do you know what to do if you think a teen in your life is in an abusive relationship?
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Peer into the relationship dynamics of three teen couples to learn about a healthy dating relationship, unhealthy dating relationship, and concerning relationship that highlights educator intervention.
Test the knowledge you’ve gained and reflect on how this information can be applied to your work with teens in a meaningful way.
Y., high school students who were currently dating.