NEW YORK (AP) - From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.
Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the survey of 667 youths was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.
Nearly 20 percent of both boys and girls reported themselves as victims of physical and sexual abuse in dating relationships. But the researchers reported what they called a startling finding when they asked about psychological abuse, broadly defined as actions ranging from name-calling to excessive tracking of a victim. More than 60 percent of each gender reported being victims and perpetrators of such behavior.
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10/23/2014 2:53:23 PM (GMT -4:00)