Teen Dating Violence

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Teen Dating Violence
Violence in a relationship where one partner is hurt or controlled, is the definition of an abusive relationship. Teen dating violence, TDV, is a serious problem among adolescents today. It has been shown that violence in the adolescent years can be continued on in adult dating relationships as well. This created unhealthy relationships and has been proven to be detrimental to an adolescent's mental and physical health; which can cause mental health issues later on. Focusing on which gender is viewed as more abusive in teen relationships, as well as the perceptions about physical and psychological abuse differ in teens minds, can be helpful find a way to stop this problem. Teenage dating violence, physical or psychological,
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Focusing on two types of TDV, psychological and physical, is key to finding specifics on how this can affect the youth later on. Psychological abuse is used most of the time to gain control of the relationship. A male that was in this study, Ben, said “Men and women both want control, and they will do it emotionally not that they can’t do it physically” (Sears 1198). Certain behaviors are considered abusive only in specific contexts. Hitting, grabbing, and kicking would be considered physical abuse in contexts when the victim or the perpetrator thinks it may be. Threats, name calling, and the silent treatment would be considered psychological abuse in certain situations, similar to those when physical violence is considered abuse. It was shown that “these behaviors as abusive only in specific situations” (Sears 1196). There are many different types of abuse but psychological abuse is mostly about control and winning dominance over the other …show more content…
This creates a problem because it shows that both genders can be the abusers as well as the victim, this also shows that mostly males have been victims of abuse, opposite of what gender stereotypes are. Gender roles in dating violence have been tested, “research has indicated that girls and boys are physically and psychologically abusive toward their dating partners” (Sears 1193). Proportions of the genders differences have gone against gender bias and proven that “similar proportions of boys and girls report experiencing physical and psychological abuse in their dating relationships” (Sears 1193). However, “more girls than boys are physically and psychologically abusive toward their dating partners” (Temple2), although “boys are more likely to use severe physical violence “(Sears). This data provides information that clearly shows report rates are low and how abuse is broken down once

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