Adjusted Odds Ratios for Relationships Between Health Risk Behaviors and Lifetime Prevalence of Violence From Dating Partners Among Adolescent Girls Attending Massachusetts Public High Schools*Doyle JP, Frank E, Saltzman LE, Mc Mahon PM, Fielding BD.

High school students with disabilities are at a greater risk for dating violence victimization compared to those without disabilities and high school girls with disabilities who experience dating violence are at increased risk for experiencing poor mental health outcomes and substance abuse.

The authors assessed lifetime prevalence of physical & sexual violence from dating partners among adolescent girls & associations of these forms of violence with specific health risks, including suicidality.

They found that physical & sexual dating violence against adolescent girls was extremely prevalent in their study population & was associated with increased risk of substance use, unhealthy weight control behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy, & suicidality.

To assess the annual prevalence of physical violence from dating partners among a representative sample of sexually experienced adolescent girls attending US public and private high schools, as well as sexual risk behaviors and pregnancy among this population.

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Unadjusted Odds Ratios for Relationships Between Health Risk Behaviors and Lifetime Prevalence of Violence From Dating Partners Among Adolescent Girls Attending Massachusetts Public High Schools* Table 3.The child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriate treatment plans developed.When parents are in doubt whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful.Among high school students who had ever been on a date, girls (25.9 %, 95 % CI 19.9–31.5) and boys (9.1 %, 95 % CI 5.8–12.4) with disabilities were more likely than girls (8.8 %, 95 % CI 6.8–10.8) and boys (4.5 %, 95 % CI 3.1–5.8) without disabilities to report dating violence.Multivariate analyses indicated that high school girls with disabilities who experienced dating violence were more likely to report feeling sad or hopeless for 2 weeks or more in the past year, suicide ideation in the past 12 months, and drug use in the past 30 days compared to those with disabilities who did not report dating violence and those without disabilities who reported and did not report dating violence.Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up.