Teen dating violence effects
"We need more research to better understand how aggression functions in teen dating relationships."Healthy romantic relationships "are a very important developmental experience for teens," she adds.
This adds to a body of research suggesting that teen dating violence "is a substantial public health problem," says the study, in today's Pediatrics.
Domestic violence is especially dangerous, because although it is incredibly prevalent locally and globally, it is often kept quiet and ignored.
As a result, it may be viewed by society as a fairly accepted and typical behavior.
Regardless of whether a child has been personally targeted and harmed physically and/or emotionally, the effects of observing violence are adverse and severe.
Children and teenagers who witness domestic violence are at significantly greater risk of developing depression, delinquency, aggression, low self-esteem and self-abuse.