Although teens view dating as a new freedom and independence, it can also turn into a nightmare.Many teens might not be aware that relationships can turn violent.Although “dating violence has always had this core feature of trying to control the thoughts, feelings and actions of another person” teenagers do not know how to recognize the signs of abuse (Teicher par. Warning signs of abuse are attempts to control actions, isolate victims from loved ones and verbally degrading a romantic partner (Robinson par.41).
The generation of teenagers today faces many issues.
With the increase of technology in their lives, teens face more problems today than any other generation before them. Since “one in four teens reports verbal, physical, or sexual abuse in their dating relationship”, it is obvious that this is becoming a widespread national issue (Staples par.7).
Middle and high school students are too inexperienced to know that abuse is not love.
Since dating violence is a prevalent issue among teens and because of the emotional and behavioral effects, the victims, their parents and their schools need to open up about dating violence.
Dating violence is the dangerous obsession over your partner that can have lasting effects on a developing teen. Reinberg’s research has found that one in three teens have been hurt by a partner (par.2). Duret stated that “nearly 1.5 million high school students across the country experience physical violence at the hands of a dating partner each year” (par.2).
Dating violence can affect both genders, however today girls are abused more frequently in relationships. S., 20% of adolescent girls report facing violence from their boyfriend (Robinson par. These numbers seem to be growing at a continuous rate.
Dating violence is a serious form of violence that places students at risk for injury, death, and negative mental health sequelae.
The current analysis presents data on the prevalence of dating violence over a 12-year period among a nationally representative sample of high school-attending youth in the United States, stratified by race and gender.
Data from the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 1999-2011 revealed that physical dating violence victimization rates are similar for males and females; the 12-year prevalence rate of physical dating violence victimization was 9.4% for males and 9.2% for females.
Black and multiracial students were at increased risk for dating violence victimization in comparison to their White, Asian, and Hispanic counterparts.
There were no changes in the reported rate of dating violence victimization over the 12-year period.