Dating Violence May Follow Teens Into Later Life

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Teens who are involved in dating violence may be much more likely to end up in violent relationships, says a new study from researchers at Cornell University. For the study the researchers surveyed about 6,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

They initially asked teens about the physical and psychological violence experienced in their romantic relationships and also about patterns of depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.

"What stood out was, across both genders and types of victimization, teens who experienced teen dating violence were two to three times more likely to be re-victimized by a partner in young adulthood," said study author Deinera Exner-Cortens.

They also found that teens who experience violence were much more likely to engage in heavy substance abuse and have suicidal thoughts.

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