Timely Interventions Help Spot Signs of Teen Dating Violence

Timely Interventions Help Spot Signs of Teen Dating Violence

One in 10 youth experience dating violence. They’ve been purposely hit, slapped or hurt while in a relationship — actions that can impart long-lasting effects on the victim, including anxiety disorder and PTSD. But just one session of a behavioral intervention held in the emergency department to reduce underage drinking also significantly reduced dating violence perpetration and depression symptoms. “Dating violence is a significant concern for many teens,” says Quyen Ngo, Ph.D., LP, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center. “It is a time in their lives when they are establishing long-term patterns for their...

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