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The results suggest there is a "violence trajectory" and "if it's not addressed, it will escalate."While programs at school and elsewhere in communities may help, families can play a central role.
In his own survey of 1,525 Latino youths ages 12 to 18, Cuevas says he found that boys with the strong family support "typical in traditional Latino culture" were less likely to psychologically abuse dates.
Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
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Screening tools include a Red Flags Universal Teen Dating Violence screen and Student Health services Dating Abuse Screening and Response Protocol.
The impact of domestic violence on children may continue through adolescence and adulthood.These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?