Poor peer and family relationships predict dating violence in adolescent girls

Dating violence is an important issue among adolescents. Girls involved in dating violence are at a high risk of having mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance use, and high-risk sexual behaviours.

Researchers examined the risk factors associated with adolescent girls and dating violence as both victims and perpetrators. Researchers found that the presence of negative factors like poor peer and familial relationships in earlier grades were predictive of dating violence involvement in later grades.

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The study authors were Deb Chiodo; Dr. Claire Crooks; Dr. David Wolfe; Dr. Caroline McIsaac, Ray Hughes, Dr. Peter Jaffe (2012). The study was published in the journal Prevention Science, volume 13, 2012.

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