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CDC Releases New Findings on Teen Dating Violence

Strategies promoting respectful behaviors toward peers and dating partners may be promising approaches to prevent dating violence and risk behaviors.


Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence and Co-occurring Risk Factors Among Middle School Youth in High-Risk Urban Communities, Journal of Adolescent Health

Findings show teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration is common among high-risk, urban middle school students:

  • Over three quarters of students reported perpetrating some form of dating violence.
  • Nearly one third reported perpetrating physical dating violence.
  • Perpetration was strongly associated with multiple risk factors including bullying.


Physical and Sexual Teen Dating Violence among US High School Students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, JAMA Pediatrics

New findings from CDC’s national Youth Risk Behavior Survey show high prevalence of physical and sexual TDV among high school students:

  • About one in five female students and one in ten male students were victims of physical and/or sexual TDV during the 12 months before the survey.
  • Female students had nearly double the prevalence of any form of TDV than male students.
  • TDV victims were more likely to engage in health risk behaviors, such as suicide attempts and alcohol use.


Empowering Teens to End Dating ViolenceThe Huffington Post

CDC Injury Director Dr. Debra Houry provides insight on shaping healthy relationships for a lifetime.

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