For Young Couples, Violence Can Harm Both Sides03/07/14
FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults
involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer
depression, a new study indicates.
The Bowling Green State University sociologists found that both
males and females who committed or were victims of relationship
violence had more symptoms of depression.
It's clear why such violence can harm the mental health of
victims, the researchers said, but this study showed that it also
has a damaging effect on those who commit the violence.
The study authors said people who commit relationship violence
know they are viewed negatively.
The researchers also said the mental harm caused by relationship
violence can damage young people's self-worth and self-confidence,
making it more difficult for them to make a smooth transition into
This means the impact of any kind of relationship violence among
teens and young adults may be long term and interfere with things
such as schooling, getting a good job, and starting and managing a
To come to this conclusion, the researchers analyzed data from
young people who were first interviewed at ages 12 to 19, again one
year later and then every two years after that. During the last
interview, the participants were aged 17 to 24.
The study was published in the March issue of the
Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
teen dating violence.
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