comprehensive), it is anticipated that the evaluation will follow youth through the peak in TDV approximately at age 17 years (O’Leary and Slep ) and will examine multiple adolescent violent and risk behaviors including psychological, physical, sexual, and electronic teen dating violence, sexual risk behaviors, substance use, and peer violence.
If effective, the products developed for the initiative will be available and free of charge to the public.
As an example of a new comprehensive approach that reflects some of the critical findings in this Special Section, the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC is embarking on a new initiative: involves a variety of primary prevention strategies to address gaps in prevention programming for youth in urban communities with high crime and economic disadvantage, who may be at highest risk for TDV perpetration and victimization (O’Leary and Slep employs universal primary prevention focused on 11- to 14-year-old youth.
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Risk behaviors may have common influences, including fundamental problems with how youth interact in relationships and how parents communicate with youth about healthy relationships.
Evidence suggests dating violence is distinct in certain ways from other youth risk behaviors and youth violence, so programmatic activities target risk factors that have been associated with psychological, physical and sexual teen dating violence perpetration in longitudinal studies and factors that have been discussed in this Special Section.
Individual level factors include youth substance use (O’Donnell et al.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner.