Prevalence dating violence victimization

The majority of sexual violence prevention strategies in the evaluation literature are brief, psycho-educational programs focused on increasing knowledge or changing attitudes, none of which have shown evidence of effectiveness on sexually violent behavior using a rigorous evaluation design.Based on evaluation studies included in the current review, only three primary prevention strategies have demonstrated significant effects on sexually violent behavior in a rigorous outcome evaluation: (VAWA; Boba & Lilley, 2009).This project primarily involved a secondary analysis of a five-year project (VCU-YVPC) that collected data on youth violence and related risk factors as part of an evaluation of violence prevention efforts.The VCU-YVPC project was conducted in three middle schools in Richmond, Virginia.Youth who were physically and psychologically aggressive in their dating relationships were physically aggressive in other domains as well.The same is true for youth who were primarily victimized in their dating relationships.El presente estudio tuvo como objetivos: a) examinar las tasas de prevalencia y la frecuencia de la victimización de la violencia en parejas en una muestra representativa de adolescentes de Secundaria de Quebec y b) explorar diferencias por sexo en esas tasas, así como en el impacto percibido de la victimización.La violencia psicológica es la forma más frecuente de victimización en parejas adolescentes.

Analyses are based on 20,274 adolescents who reported violence victimization using the Community Drug and Alcohol Survey.Analyses on different indicators of the impact of victimization (i.e.feelings of fear, distress and post-traumatic stress symptoms) reveal that teenage girls are more vulnerable to sustaining more pervasive impacts than boys.Youth who reported any sort of victimization reported more trauma-related distress symptoms, even if they were also aggressive.This suggests that programs may need to be tailored for students experiencing dating violence victimization, as they may also have higher rates of trauma-related distress or involvement in other forms of violence.

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