Teen dating abuse solutions

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School-based intervention may be an effective way to address and even prevent teen dating abuse, a new study shows.

Researchers conducted the study during the 2012-2013 academic year at eight school-based health centers in California where students receive confidential clinical health services.

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Students at the intervention sites were more likely than those at the other sites to recognize sexual coercion.

We must make communication about this issue accessible to teens and introduce intervention before patterns of abuse are cemented.

Studies demonstrate that parents and peers are the most effective avenues to reach adolescents and because parents, unfortunately, continuously prove too squeamish, too detached, or too ignorant, the greatest prospect of social change will be through popular opinion leaders and peers. Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner.

Empowering young people with the tools and the language to decipher healthy relationships from abusive ones is imperative in order to quell the epidemic of teen dating violence.

We often forget that dating violence, which encompasses physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse between two people in a close relationship, can occur at any age, and can be most detrimental for young people whose ideas about what is normal are still being formed.

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