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BU Researcher: Societal Factors in Dating Violence Need Study

Understanding societal-level factors and other “outer-layer” influences may help public health professionals address and prevent adolescent dating violence, according to an article co-authored by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.

Dr. Emily Rothman, associate professor of community health sciences at BU and colleagues from the Boston University School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) argue in an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine for more research into the societal and neighborhood-level factors that contribute to adolescent dating violence (ADV).

“The gap in the ADV literature related to what might be considered ‘outer-layer’ social-ecological factors is unsurprising,” they write in an introduction to a journal issue focusing on ADV. “For decades, prevention efforts across numerous public health topics have focused on promoting individual-level behavior change, so ADV etiological and intervention science have also reflected an individual focus.”

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