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Further, many adolescents have difficulty recognizing physical and sexual abuse as such and may perceive controlling and jealous behaviors as signs of love (Levy, 1990).

This article provides a critical review of the research literature with respect to risk factors for both perpetrators and victims of dating violence and examines the research on the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs.

Although there are methodological problems accurately determining prevalence rates, a conservative estimate is that one in three adolescents has experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship (Avery-Leaf, Cascardi, O'Leary, & Cano, 1997).

Teen dating violence appears to parallel violence in adult relationships in that it exists on a continuum ranging from verbal abuse to rape and murder (Sousa, 1999).

Teen victims may be especially vulnerable due to their inexperience in dating relationships, their susceptibility to peer pressure and their reluctance to tell an adult about the abuse (Cohall, 1999).

Most obvious is the greater physical harm that can be inflicted by male violence due to males' often greater size and strength.

Compared to boys, girls are more likely to sustain injuries and require medical treatment as a result of the violence (Makepeace, 1987).

(still a work in progress as of 2/14/16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy Goodreads | Amazon | My review 1999. (Note: Although I haven’t read it, from my understanding this one is pretty graphic, and though it is considered YA, we shelve it in adult fiction at my library, which is a decision made before I started selecting for YA). Live Through This by Mindi Scott Goodreads | Amazon 2012.

Childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, and rape are all plot points in this touching novel. The story of a popular high school athlete who ends up raping a girl he claims to love. A young woman struggles with years of sexual abuse by a family member. A privileged girl befriends a troubled boy who is caring for his younger sister on his own.

Both young women in this novel have witnessed violence against women and experience violence themselves.

I highly recommend this title as an accurate portrayal of teen dating violence. by Carrie Mesrobian Goodreads | My Review | Amazon 2013. High school senior Zephyr is focused on field hockey and getting into Boston College, but still makes time for a new boy, Alec, who quickly becomes abusive, both physically and emotionally.

There is considerable controversy regarding whether violence in teen dating relationships involves mutual aggression and indeed several studies report higher rates of inflicting violence for females (Foshee, 1996; Gray & Foshee, 1997; O'Keefe, 1997).

Fundamental problems exist, however, in asserting gender parity regarding relationship violence.

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