Effects of dating violence
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They are at risk for abusing alcohol and drugs, and they are at higher risk for being victims of dating violence as young adults.
Pamela Orpinas, professor of health promotion and behavior at the University of Georgia, was not surprised by the findings.
Previous research has shown that teen dating violence is associated with a number of other health risk behaviors, she said."What is unclear is whether young people who have teen dating violence already have some other health-related problems," Orpinas said.
In addition, teens who are involved with abusive dating relationships are often afraid or reluctant to tell their parents or another adult for fear of being judged, not believed or having their experiences minimized.
When dating violence goes unnamed, unaddressed and unreported, it often escalates and leads to serious lifelong consequences and health concerns.
Researchers analyzed surveys of nearly 6,000 teens across the United States that were taken when the teens were between the ages of 12 and 18, and again five years later.