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HONOLULU — About one in three American youths age 14-20 say they’ve been of victims of dating violence and almost one in three acknowledge they’ve committed violence toward a date, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 121st Annual Convention.
She is with the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, based in San Clemente, Calif.
Researchers analyzed information collected in 20 from 1,058 youths in the Growing Up with Media study, a national online survey funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study defines teen dating violence as physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship.
Girls were almost equally likely to be a perpetrator as a victim of violence: 41 percent reported victimization and 35 percent reported perpetration at some point in their lives.
Among boys, 37 percent said they had been on the receiving end, while 29 percent reported being the perpetrator, Ybarra said.
Twenty-nine percent of the girls and 24 percent of the boys reported being both a victim and perpetrator in either the same or in different relationships.
Girls were significantly more likely than boys to say they had been victims of sexual dating violence and that they had committed physical dating violence.
Boys were much more likely than girls to report that they had been sexually violent toward a date.
Experiencing psychological dating violence was about equal for boys and girls.
Rates generally increased with age but were similar across race, ethnicity and income levels, according to Ybarra.
The relationship between bullying and teen dating violence was the focus of a separate presentation by Sabina Low, Ph D, of Arizona State University, and Dorothy L.
Espelage, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.