For the first time since its launch in 1999, the 2013 YRBS survey has gathered information on high school students' exposure to more serious forms of physical and sexual TDV and has excluded students who were not dating.Vagi and colleagues note that previous data from the YRBS has estimated the prevalence of TDV in the US to stand at around 9%.But the researchers hypothesized that the new questions included in the 2013 YRBS would provide a more accurate estimate.
More than 20% of female and 10% of male high school students in the US have experienced some form of teen dating violence during the past year.
This is according to a new study published in the journal Study author Kevin J.
Vagi, Ph D, of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues reached their findings by analyzing 2013 data from the CDC's national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
The CDC define teen dating violence (TDV) as "the physical, sexual psychological or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking." TDV has been associated with a number of short- and long-term complications, such depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and increased risk of drug and alcohol use.
These students were more likely to experience all health-risk behaviors related to TDV, while those who reported no TDV were least likely to experience such behaviors.
The authors say the updated YRBS provides a more "relevant and robust" estimate of TDV.They add: "As a result, the field has new national prevalence estimates of TDV for high school students who experienced physical or sexual TDV or both. For any corrections of factual information, or to contact our editorial team, please see our contact page." The survey also assessed the prevalence of health-risk behaviors among the students, including suicidal ideation and drug and alcohol use.The results of the survey revealed that around 1 in 5 (20.9%) female students and 1 in 10 (10.4%) male studies reported experiencing some form of TDV in the past 12 months.Around 6.6% of female students and 4.1% of male students reported experiencing physical TDV only in the past year, while 8% of female students and 2.9% of male students reported experiencing sexual TDV only.Both sexual and physical TDV was reported in 6.4% of female students and 3.3% of male students during the past 12 months.