NEWS Report: Dating Violence Affecting Teens Too "FACING ABUSE"

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NEWS Report: Dating Violence affecting Teens too "FACING ABUSE" -----------------------------------...
NEWS Report: Dating Violence affecting Teens too "FACING ABUSE" ------------------------------------------- About 3% of 12-to 17-years-old girls are Physically or sexually assaulted by a boyfriend Or date, a US study suggest. In interviews with a nationally representation Sample of US teens, researchers found that 2.7% Of girls and 0.6% of boys said they had been the victim of serious dating violence _ including Physical abuse, sexual assault or being threatened with a weapon. The finding offer some insight into the prevalence of the problem, as well as some of its consequences, according to lead researcher Kate B Wolitzky-Taylor who is now at University of Texas at Austin. she and her colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, found that teenagers who said they'd been the victims of dating violence were nearly four times more likely to have experienced symptoms of past-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression. The study did not look at less- severe forms of violence, such as being shoved or slapped without injury, and did not assess verbal abuse. So the percentage of teens in abusive relationships may be higher. The bottom line, according to the researchers, is that dating violence need to be detected early, by parents, doctors or school assessment and prevented when ever possible. Teaching middle school students how to handle confects in there relationship might help them later on to manage relationship. In addition, Taylor said teens who have friends in a violent relationship should be taught to report the situation to an adult.
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