In all likelihood, your young teen is experiencing significant emotional, psychological and physical changes.And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers.After a few instances of telling me that he promised he’d be different, and then breaking that promise, she finally ended it.However, she continued to “protect” him even after things were over.This finding was at odds with what practitioners attending the workshop said they encounter in their professional experience.Most of the practitioners in attendance — representing national organizations, schools and victim service community-based agencies — said that they primarily see female victims, and when they discuss teen dating violence with students, they hear that boys are the primary perpetrators. Because teen dating violence has only recently been recognized as a significant public health problem, the complex nature of this phenomenon is not fully understood.Image Credit: David Castillo Dominici at freedigitalphotos.net" srcset="https://i0com/teentherapyoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/pic-for-site.jpg?
The incidence of violence in dating relationships has a significant impact on young people, including decreased mental and physical health.
However, we find that this adult framework does not take into account key differences between adolescent and adult romantic relationships.
And so, to help further the discussion, we offer in this article a gender-based analysis of teen dating violence with a developmental perspective. We look at what we know — and what we don't know — about who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in teen dating violence.
In South Carolina, for example, nearly 8 percent of adolescents reported being physically violent to a romantic partner.
Interestingly, the rates of reported victimization versus perpetration in the state were similar for boys and girls. However, when it comes to severe teen dating violence — including sexual and physical assault — girls were disproportionately the victims. At a recent workshop on teen dating violence, co-sponsored by the U. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS), researchers presented findings from several studies that found that girls and boys perpetrate the same frequency of physical aggression in romantic relationships.