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Teen Dating Violence

The Invisible Peril


Susan M. Sanders

Invisible—because it does not command the attention of the media as do school shootings, gang warfare, or date rape—the violence that teenage women experience while dating includes emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Using survey and interview data from approximately five hundred female high school juniors, this book measures the incidence of dating violence among teenage females. The research shows that many have been or are currently involved in abusive relationships with their boyfriends, and many adolescent women are confused about what constitutes normal and healthy dating behaviors. Unlike other books, Teen Dating Violence examines the needs of minors and also provides checklists of abuser characteristics.

Acknowledgments – Introduction: The Invisible Peril – The Faces of Teen Dating Violence – A Profile of the Invisible Peril – Current Teen Dating Violence Policy: Ineffective and with Harmful Effects – Teen Dating Violence Research: Findings and Limitations – Emotionally Abusive Dating Behavior – Physically and Sexually Abusive Behavior – Finding a Way Out – (Not the) Conclusion: Just the Beginning – Appendix: Methodology – Notes – Bibliography – Index.