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Relationship Violence High Among Teens, College Students

July 11, 2008 07:01 AM
by Isabel Cowles
In a study of 910 college undergraduates, 407 students (44.7 percent) admit to experiencing relationship violence.

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A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports high rates of relationship violence among high school and college students.

According to Science Daily, researchers surveyed a group of undergraduates and found that “44.7 percent of participants experienced relationship violence either before or during college, including 42.1 percent who were victims of such violence and 17.1 percent of participants who reported perpetrating violence.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 11 adolescents reports being the victim of physical dating violence every year.

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines dating violence as when “one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse.”

Colleges and universities have taken measures to help end relationship violence among students, but find that many students do not report their abuse, making the problem difficult to address.

Headline Link: Survey shows high rates of relationship violence

Background: National rates of adolescent dating violence

Reference: Staying safe in a relationship

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