Teenage Love and....Abuse?

by rwalc1 on October 21, 2013 - 6:02pm

               The journal article “Dating Violence Victimization across the Teen Years:  Abuse Frequency, Number of Abusive Partners, and Age at First Occurrence” examines the emergence of unsafe dating in recent years.  The test began with a random sample of 730 university students, 341 of which completed the survey.  Of those 341, 297 had a dating partner between ages 13 and 19 and therefore were used for the study (Bonomi 2012).  The students were surveyed on physical abuse such as hitting, slapping, and sexual abuse along with non-physical abuse like name calling, controlling behavior, threats, and unwanted calls, texts, and visits.  The results were very revealing and showed that about 65% of females and about 62% of males reported at least one form of these dating abuses.  In addition, a large percentage of those who took the survey reported multiple partners and multiple occurrences in which this happened.  Other statistics include that 44% of males were victims of insults, yelling, and swearing and about 27% were victims of unwanted phone call, texts, and visits.  On the other side, about 24% of females reported being pressured into sex at some point (Bonomi 2012).

                The major inference or conclusion of this study is that these little forms of abuse are clearly a large problem in teen relationships.  According to the results, a majority of teens in relationships are experiencing some type of abuse.  Such results would indicate that something needs to be done to combat this prevalence, as touched on in the article (Bonomi 2012).  Also, I would recommend that more studies be done, especially because of the small sample size of only 297.  If the results are reliable, I would like to see more education on healthy young relationships at the middle school and high school level as the article suggests.  I would also like to see it touched on more in the media, especially because I did not consider this a widespread problem until one of the top suggested results in my search of “teen dating” included “violence” and “abuse.”  A problem that is caught as early as possible and stopped can ensure that teens are involved in healthy personal or sexual relationships for the rest of their lives.

Bonomi, A. E., Anderson, M. L., Nemeth, J., Bartle-Haring, S., Buettner, C., & Schipper, D. (2012). Dating violence victimization across the teen years:  Abuse frequency, number of abusive partners, and age at first occurrence.  BMC Public Health, 12:637-646.

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