While it's possible that dating violence could cause thoughts of suicide, it's also possible that children who are depressed are more likely than others to fall into abusive relationships, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston who was not involved in the new study.
More than half of the victims of violence and abuse had their first experience in adolscence, which further increases negative health outcomes across the lifespan.
Adolscents and adults are often unaware how regularly dating violence occurs.
Teen dating violence can be very dangerous - sometimes lethal.
Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death.
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Loveisrespect Text for Help Services, sponsored by Mary Kay Inc.Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).Middle school, high school, and college age women experience a higher rate of rape than any other group.Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.For example, they're more than twice as likely as others to consider suicide.