Teen Dating Violence and Abuse in the Digital Age

Study info:

Participants: A total of 5,647 youth from ten middle and high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

Study Findings:

  • 26% of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year
  • Females were twice as likely as males to report being a victim of sexual cyber dating abuse in the prior year.
  • 12% of youth in a relationship said they had perpetrated cyber dating abuse in the prior year
  • Females reported greater levels of non-sexual cyber dating abuse perpetration than males
  • Male youth were significantly more likely to report perpetrating sexual cyber dating abuse
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth reported significantly higher rates of cyber dating abuse victimization and perpetration than heterosexual youth.
  • 84% of cyber dating abuse victims also reported psychological dating abuse victimizations. Of these:
    • 52% reported physical dating violence victimization
    • 33% reported sexual coercion
  • 73% of cyber dating abuse perpetrators also reported psychological dating abuse perpetration. Of these:
    • 55 percent also reported physical dating violence perpetration
    • 11 percent reported sexual coercion perpetration
  • Less than one out of ten victims of dating abuse reported seeking help, with half as many male victims as female victims seeking help.
  • Cyber dating abuse victims and perpetrators were more than two and three times as likely, respectively, as non-victims and non-perpetrators to also report experiencing and/or perpetrating cyber bullying behaviours against non-intimates.
  • Cyber bullying victims and perpetrators were almost three and four times as likely, respectively, as non-victims and non-perpetrators to also report experiencing and/or perpetrating cyber dating abuse against romantic partners.

Source: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/studies/34741

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