Girls also prone to initiate dating violence - - Jackson, MS

Girls also prone to initiate dating violence

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

About a third of teens say they've been the victim of dating violence.

The alarming new statistic is the result of an online survey of more than 1,000 teenagers. Violence was defined as physical, sexual or emotional.

Almost 1 in 3 teens also acknowledged they were the perpetrator in such acts. Although girls were significantly more likely than boys to be a victim, girls were nearly as likely to say they'd committed dating violence.

Rates were higher as teens got older and were largely the same across ethnicity and income levels.

This study is from researchers at the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, CA, and is scheduled for presentation at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting.

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