A National Descriptive Portrait of Adolescent Relationship Abuse: Results From the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence

Taylor, B. G.,
Mumford, E. A.
Year Published: 2016
Journal Article
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Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume: 31

Issue: 6

These authors present data from 1,804 youth (ages 12 to 18) who completed the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence. Among those in a current or recent dating relationship, 69 percent reported lifetime ARA victimization and 63 percent reported lifetime ARA perpetration. Although psychological abuse was most common, rates of sexual abuse and physical abuse victimization and perpetration were also substantial. ARA rates differed by age and gender but were consistent by race/ethnicity, geographic region, urbanicity, and household characteristics. Compared with youth aged 15 to 18, those 12 to 14 years old reported lower rates of psychological and sexual ARA victimization. Similarly, ARA perpetration rates were lower for those 12 to 14. There were no gender differences in ARA victimization, but girls perpetrated more physical ARA than boys. The authors discuss the implications for future research and prevention efforts. Modified Author Abstract.

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