Screening for teen dating violence
Many adolescent couples aren’t living together and there is a tendency for them to change partners more often than adults.” Patterns that begin in adolescence can carry over to adulthood, including IPV. Singh and colleagues had a study published in which they screened 4,089 males and females aged 14 to 20 who sought ED care.Dating victimization was defined as violent acts received by a young adult, whereas dating aggression referred to violent acts perpetrated by youths.But the lack of data on men as both victims and aggressors means there isn’t a similar recommendation for screening them.
It is important to ensure that your practice has a protocol or action plan with the input of local shelters, rape crisis centers, and victim advocacy groups so that in the event that you identify a family exposed to intimate partner violence, you are prepared to respond.
In a recent study, nearly one of six adolescents who seek ED care report recent dating violence and several factors were associated with dating violence.
There is a need to develop screening and intervention programs to address this problem.
Adolescent and young adult dating violence, which encompasses both victimization and aggression, is a significant public health concern.
Probing deeper, the study finds that those with depression, or a history of using drugs or alcohol, have a higher likelihood to act as the aggressor or victim.