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"We need to support prevention efforts that increase education about the many different forms of abuse in adolescent relationships, and to encourage parents, teachers, coaches and others to talk to young people about what healthy relationships look like." Like previous research examining this form of abuse, the researchers found that teens exposed to cyber dating abuse were more likely to also experience other forms of physical and sexual dating abuse, such as being slapped, choked or made to have sex by a dating partner, and also non-partner sexual assault.
Additionally, greater exposure to cyber dating abuse was associated with less contraceptive use among adolescent girls.
This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said.
Miller on the study were: Rebecca Dick, MS, Heather L. D., Kelley Jones, MPH, all with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Daniel J. D., University of California Davis School of Medicine; Sandi Goldstein, MPH, Alison Chopel, Dr PH, California Adolescent Health Collaborative, Public Health Institute; Samantha Blackburn, RN, MSN, PNP, California School-Based Health Alliance and California State University Sacramento School of Nursing; Erica Monasterio, RN, MN, FNP-BC, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing; Lisa James, MS, Futures Without Violence; and Jay G. D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. 2011-MU-MU-0023, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.
Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests.
PITTSBURGH, PA - November 17, 2014 - Two in five teens surveyed experienced cyber dating abuse, which involves the use of technology to control, harass, threaten or stalk another person in the context of a dating relationship, in the previous three months, according to a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC study that appears online today in .
The study is the first about cyber dating abuse among a group of young people who are using school-based health services, said senior investigator Elizabeth Miller, M. D., chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital.
Done in collaboration with the California Adolescent Health Collaborative of the Public Health Institute, California School-Based Health Alliance and Futures Without Violence, the study was conducted at eight school-based health centers in California where students receive confidential clinical health services, including annual check-ups, sports physicals and birth control.The study, conducted during the 2012-2013 school year, assessed teens ages 14 to 19, for exposure to cyber dating abuse, adolescent relationship abuse, sexual behavior, and care-seeking for sexual and reproductive health."These findings underscore that cyber dating abuse is an emerging concern," said Dr.Miller, also an associate professor of pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Key findings showed 41 percent of teens reported experiencing this form of abuse within the last three months, with more females than males reporting such victimization.
Most commonly, their partners used technology including mobile apps, social networks, texts, or other digital communication to repeatedly contact them to see where they were and who they were with.