CDC Survey Shows High Incidence Of Dating Violence Among High School Students

USA Today (3/3, Szabo) reports on a study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online March 2 in JAMA Pediatrics that found that “twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated,” while “ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner.” The study also finds that these teens are “at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems,” including considering suicide, being bullied, getting into fights, carrying weapons, using alcohol, using marijuana or cocaine, and having sex with multiple partners. The study was based on the CDC’s Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance System of questionnaires of over 13,000 high school students.

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— “Study: One in five teen girls victim of dating violence,” Liz Szabo, USA Today, March 2, 2015.

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