Aggression and violence in dating relationships

For children it may be where they are most vulnerable to assault, misuse or deprivation, ironically at the very hands of those who have a duty to safeguard and nourish them.Even the elderly may have reason to fear those who should be their caretakers.

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Estimates of the number of youth who have been victims of electronic aggression and cyberbullying vary from 9 to 43 percent, depending on the definition of electronic aggression/cyberbullying used and the time period that youth are reporting about.

The relationship between electronic aggression and teen dating violence has not been widely explored.

Wendy Manning, Monica Longmore, and Peggy Giordano’s new study, Cohabitation and intimate partner violence during emerging adulthood: High constraints and low commitment, Using cross-sectional analyses within a later wave of their longitudinal Toledo adolescent relationships study—involving 926 individuals aged 22-29—Manning and colleagues found that cohabiting couples were more likely to report aggression (31 percent) in their relationship than married (23 percent) or dating couples (18 percent).

These differences held even when controlling for many other variables.

“Our findings underscore the critical need for early intervention and prevention with families who are at-risk due to alcohol problems.