Examining the Association Between Bullying and Adolescent Concerns About Teen Dating Violence

Debnam, K .J.,
Johnson, S. L.,
Bradshaw, C. P.
Published: July, 2014
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of School Health
Volume: 84

Issue: 7

The purpose of this study was to contribute to the growing literature base linking adolescent experiences with bullying and involvement with teen dating violence. The authors used a Web-based survey to collect data from 27,074 adolescents at 58 high schools participating in the Maryland Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative. Three-level hierarchical linear models showed that adolescents who had experienced bullying in the last year reported more perceived problems with dating violence at their school than nonvictimized students. Schools that students perceived as being safer were rated as having lower levels of teen dating violence. Older students and male students consistently reported greater perceived problems of physical and emotional dating violence. Results indicate that adolescents who experience bullying may also have concerns about violence in teen dating relationships, and suggest that schools perceived as being unsafe may be an important context for targeting dating violence prevention efforts. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondence to: Katrina J. Debnam, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205; E-mail: kdebnam@jhsph.edu, Website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josh.2014.84.issue-7/issuetoc
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