Dating abuse among teens
The study in the journal gauged pornography use and adolescent dating abuse in a sample of 72 youths, ages 16 and 17, most of whom were Black or Hispanic and economically disadvantaged.On average, the youths reported watching pornography twice per week, with half reporting at least weekly exposure.
Adolescents should be taught to be prepared for such requests and to “decide where their boundaries are, in advance,” she added.
Recent advancements in technology (e.g., social networking, texting) have created new ways for dating youth to relate to one another, including in abusive ways via “cyber dating abuse.” Cyber dating abuse is a form of teen dating violence that overlaps with other types of abuse (e.g., psychological) but also has several unique characteristics.
Given the phenomenon’s limited presence in dating violence literature, we focus on identifying how experiencing cyber dating abuse relates to youths’ individual behaviors and experiences (e.g., substance use, sexual activity), psychosocial adjustment, school connection, family relationships, and partner relationships.
The findings were based on surveys of teens who visited northern California school health clinics, and don't hint at how common this kind of abuse among teens is overall.
But the study does suggest that females, non-whites and bisexuals are most vulnerable.
(The study didn't consider this to be cyber dating abuse.)"Many teens would struggle with how to respond to such a request and may not be aware of the repercussions of sending such pictures," Mustanski said.