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J Am Med Womens Assoc. 1999 Summer;54(3):144-8.

Love shouldn't hurt: strategies for health care providers to address adolescent dating violence.

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  • 1Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hopital Center, New York City, USA.


Estimates of the prevalence of dating violence among adolescents range from 9% to 60%. Teens in all ethnic groups, socioeconomic strata, and geographic regions report involvement. The spectrum of abuse includes verbal, physical, and sexual violence. Young men and women are involved as both victims and perpetrators. Female teens inflict more minor physical injuries than male teens, but are also likely to receive more significant physical injuries and are more likely to be sexually victimized. Contextual (aggressive personalities, acceptance of dating violence, exposure to familial violence) and situational factors (relationship problems, alcohol and drug use, jealousy) contribute to aggressive behavior. Effective prevention, early detection, and treatment strategies require coordinated school, community, legal, and health care provider interventions.

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