“Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35 (August 2004): 124-131.Background: Nationally representative data of high school students in the U. indicate that levels of physical dating violence are higher among students in Georgia than in most states.In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.This study seeks to understand the increased risk for physical dating violence among youth in Georgia and make recommendations for prevention and interventions.Methods: Analyses were conducted using the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationally representative dataset sampling of high school students in grades 9-12 in the United States.However, in terms of race/ethnicity, Hispanic youth (18.1%) were significantly more likely than African American youth (9.6%) or of white youth (10.7%) to report physical dating violence.
Physical dating violence was defined as reporting being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating or going out with among students who dated or went out with someone during the 12 months before the survey. overall, 10.3% of high school students report any physical dating violence.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.
Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.
Culturally specific risk factors and influences may be an important factor for public health professionals and policy makers to explore to reduce the health disparity and adverse health outcomes associated with dating violence among youth.
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