Researchers who analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of 5,681 teens ages 12 to 18 found roughly 30% of both boys and girls said they had been the victim in an aggressive heterosexual dating relationship.
This adds to a body of research suggesting that teen dating violence "is a substantial public health problem," says the study, in today's Pediatrics.
According to the Center for Young Women's Health, the most important part of a healthy dating relationship is learning to communicate and listen.
Dating encourages teenagers to step out of their comfort zone and instigate conversations about life, family, goals, dreams, hobbies and interests.
Since its inception, the Workgroup has coordinated teen dating violence programming, policy, and research activities to combat violence from a public health perspective.
Adult intimate-partner violence and marital abuse have gained more recognition, as seen, especially in the past three decades, in policy, program, and legal responses, and in an extensive research literature base devoted to the problem.
Teen dating often gets a bad rap, but there are some advantages.
Teens who learn positive dating habits often carry those skills into adulthood, making it easier to develop healthy, long-lasting relationships.
Young teenagers may not be mature enough to handle the responsibility, but older teens often learn valuable life skills during the dating process.
Even though some teen dating relationships end in disaster and reputations are damaged in the process, respectful teen dating habits lead to healthy relationships.