Adolescents with a history of dating violence were, in the past 6 months, 2.8 times more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease, 2.8 times more likely to have nonmonogamous male partners, and half as likely to use condoms consistently.
Furthermore, adolescents with a history of dating violence were significantly more likely to fear the perceived consequences of negotiating condom use (odds ratio [OR] = 2.8); fear talking with their partner about pregnancy prevention (OR = 2.6); have a higher perceived risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (OR = 2.1); perceive less control over their sexuality (OR = 2.4); have peer norms nonsupportive of using condoms (OR = 3.1); and have norms nonsupportive of having a healthy relationship (OR = 2.1).
Married to her high school sweetheart, Becky graduated from Iowa State University, became mom to two daughters, and was set to live happily ever after.
Fate had other plans when she and her daughters suffered the sudden and unexpected death of her husband. Becky now lives west of Des Moines with her husband, Dave, and like every other grandparent, they try not to brag about their grandchildren.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Futures Without Violence join forces to Promote Healthy Relationships among 11-to 14-year-olds A new study of 1,430 7th-grade students released today reveals that many 7th-graders are dating and experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence.
As the oldest of six children, her life growing up was comparable to the sitcoms of the 1950s and 60s—except her mother never wore pearls.
The study was conducted by RTI International (RTI) on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of an independent evaluation of their Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) initiative.
The data released today is the baseline for this larger evaluation to assess the overall impact of the program.
Although several studies have reported that between 15% and 25% of pregnant teens experience physical assault, there has been limited research examining the relationship between dating violence and adolescent females sexual health.
The paucity of research examining dating violence among black female adolescents and its relationship to pregnancy and STD/HIV risk-taking has created a gap in our knowledge of adolescent females' sexual health.