Longitudinal Associations Between Teen Dating Violence Victimization and Adverse Health Outcomes

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Author(s): Deinera Exner-Cortens, MPH,
John Eckenrode, PhD, and
Emily Rothman, ScD

Published: December 10th, 2012

Report Intro/Brief:
"OBJECTIVE: To determine the longitudinal association between teen dating violence victimization and selected adverse health outcomes.

RESULTS: Compared with participants reporting no teen dating violence victimization at Wave 2, female participants experiencing victimization reported increased heavy episodic drinking, depressive symptomatology, suicidal ideation, smoking, and IPV victimization at Wave 3, whereas male participants experiencing victimization reported increased antisocial behaviors, suicidal ideation, marijuana use, and IPV victimization at Wave 3, controlling for sociodemographics, child maltreatment, and pubertal status.

CONCLUSIONS: The results from the present analyses suggest that dating violence experienced during adolescence is related to adverse health outcomes in young adulthood. Findings from this study emphasize the importance of screening and offering secondary prevention programs to both male and female victims."
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