Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year.
University of Michigan. study also says dating violence among adolescents was also strongly associated with alcohol, illicit drug use and depression.
Dr. VijaySingh says "an enormous number of youth and adolescents have already experienced violence in their dating lives....(so) "screening and intervention among youth with a history of dating violence can be critical to reducing future adult intimate partner violence."
Researchers screened 4,089 males and females age 14 to 20 who were seeking care in a suburban emergency department for dating violence within the past year. Nearly three-quarters (72.9 percent) were Caucasian, the majority (86.9 percent) were enrolled in school and just over one-quarter (25.8 percent) received public assistance.
The study also found that females reporting prior dating violence were more likely to be on public assistance, to have grades of D or below and to have visited the emergency department in the prior year for an intentional injury.