Start Dating in high school is full of risks

Dating in high school is full of risks

” Response options were on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 0 (never) to 4 (a few times a week).

Initiation of any sexual intercourse (ever had sex) includes oral and anal sex as well as vaginal intercourse.

Adolescent dating violence (ADV) is an important public health problem in the United States.

Nationally, about 10% of 9th–12th graders report having been “hit, slap[ped], or physically hurt” by a boyfriend or girlfriend on purpose during the last year. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data indicated that the prevalence of physical ADV is higher among black (14.3%) and Hispanic (11.5%) than white (8.0%) students.

While the associated morbidity issues alone could pose significant threats to a student’s academic performance, there is also evidence to show that experiencing ADV itself is directly associated with poor performance in schools.