“When I talk to adolescents, they may not recognize that what they’re experiencing is dating violence,” says Exner-Cortens.
This study is part of a special series of articles on teen dating violence guest edited by Lohman for the April issue of the .
In a second study, Lohman interviewed teens in low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago and San Antonio and found an individual's perception made a difference in how violence was reported.
For example, Lohman said she and her colleague found that in an urban sample "females were a lot more psychologically violent during the teen years than boys.
Five years after they were first victimized, female victims of adolescent dating violence had almost 1.5 times greater risk for experiencing physical adult intimate partner violence, and male victims had almost twice the risk for experiencing adult intimate partner violence.
Teens today are involved in intimate relationships at a much younger age and often have different definitions of what is acceptable behavior in a relationship.