Teen dating violence affects nearly one in six females and males as aggressors, victims, or both, according to a new University of Michigan emergency room based study. This study from the U-M Injury Center was co-authored by several faculty members, including Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, associate professor of health behavior and health education, and Dr. Sarah Stoddard, assistant professor of health behavior and health education. The results are published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
[Photo: Dr. Rebecca Cunngingham]
The study surveyed more than 4,000 teen patients aged 14 to 20 and found that violence is not only common but affects both genders. The study also found that those with depression, or a history of using drugs or alcohol, have a higher likelihood to act as the aggressor or victim. The data suggests the importance of examining dating violence for both genders, and the potential use of the emergency department in helping to identify dating violence.