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More surprising, the research revealed that male and female students perpetrate violence at an equal rate and that, of the two, females may be inflicting more serious forms of abuse on their partners. Mooney reported the findings at "Victimization of Children and Youth: an International Research Conference" in Portsmouth, N. "One of the reasons we should be concerned about dating violence in high schools is the fact that it could be the beginning of a developmental trend, where young people become accustomed to experiencing and perpetrating violence with their partners, and they carry it into their subsequent relationships," Mooney said.
"Intimate partner violence has wide-ranging detrimental effects - physical, psychological, sociological, economic - and this could be where it starts." According to Mooney, much of the research on intimate partner violence over the past three decades has focused on college populations and married couples.
" Mooney also noted that, although the majority of her sample had experienced only mild or moderate abuse, four individuals reported extreme acts of violence that resulted in severe injury.
"This is happening in the high schools - people experiencing startling violence at a really young age," Mooney said.
Further, 28.1 percent, or 49 students, reported that they had been both a victim and a perpetrator of relationship violence.Tolerating or disregarding such behavior can set a dangerous precedent, Mooney said: "Those sorts of mild acts can escalate into more serious forms of violence.If you feel like you can get away with doing that to your partner, what’s to keep you from taking it further?Then read your FREE Compatibility profile® and meet Fayetteville singles that are truly right for you.
- In a new study on the occurrence of dating violence among teenagers, University of Arkansas researchers found that 50 percent of high schoolers have experienced some form of physically violent behavior in their relationships. student in the UA department of psychology, and her advisor Patricia Petretic-Jackson, associate professor, collected survey data from 175 high school students, assessing their dating histories, attitudes toward violence and experiences with violence in relationships.Another difference between Mooney’s findings and those among older populations is the fact that high school students showed elevated rates of relationship violence compared to college students and married couples."We hope the decline in violence from high school to college is an effect of maturation - that if you get involved in an abusive relationship in high school, you become wiser and choose not to get into those relationships later in life," Mooney said.In addition, the study assessed numerous factors such as coping skills, drug and alcohol use and perception of violence, to determine if they related to violence among teens.