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Teenage dating studies

Rates of violence and abuse are similar for teens in same-sex relationships, according to data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

The dating line, which offers 24-hour help by online chat (at, text (text "loveis" to 22522) or phone (1-866-331-9474), is aimed at young people of both genders.One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically.According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey System data the prevalence of dating violence victimization, defined as being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the 12 months before the survey, was higher among 11th-grade males than 11th-grade females.While findings of teen dating violence rates based on gender remain inconsistent, research suggests that girls seem to suffer disproportionately from severe violence in relationships (i.e., physical and sexual assault).But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.

A study of women ages 16 to 29 seeking care in five family planning clinics in Northern California found that of 16- to 20-year-old women (42.6 percent of the total sample) over half reported that they had experienced partner violence, 18 percent reported pregnancy coercion, and 12 percent reported birth control sabotage.

These findings suggest an overlap in reports of partner violence, pregnancy coercion, and birth control sabotage and find a connection between these behaviors and unplanned pregnancies.

Findings showed that females were more likely to report victimization than males.

Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.

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