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Trauma Violence Abuse. 2008 Jan;9(1):3-18. doi: 10.1177/1524838007309804.

Teens, dating violence, and media use: a review of the literature and conceptual model for future research.

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University at Albany, State University of New York, USA.


Dating violence is highly prevalent among adolescents. Of importance, dating violence has been associated with negative physical and mental health outcomes for teens and high-risk behaviors such as unsafe sex practices. Although a growing body of research has examined the extent and nature of this problem, little research has considered aspects of the media that might be associated with risk for teen dating violence, such as time spent using media and effects of media content. This article provides an overview of the prevalence of teen dating violence, describes the potential for assessing media use as a risk factor, offers a conceptual model, and suggests ideas for future research.

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