This study used secondary data from a larger multiyear study called the 2007 National School Based Youth Risk Survey (YRBS) to examine the association between physical dating violence and adolescent problem behaviors. The sample consisted of 1,414 Latino high school adolescents between the ages of 14 to 19 years old, living in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. About 8% of all participants reported experiencing physical dating violence within the past 12 months. The results of this study showed that there were significant associations between physical dating violence and forced sexual intercourse, depression, suicide behaviors, substance use problems and sexual risky behaviors. Adolescent victims of dating violence were also more like to have started using marijuana at an earlier age compared to non victims. Implications for social work practice and future research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology, Hispanic American studies|
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