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Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age

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Digitizing Abuse is an Urban Institute project studying the role of technology in teen dating abuse and harassment and in teen bullying. Knowing how many teens are affected and how they’ve been victimized can inform strategies to address this problem.

 

Brief

Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World: Implications for Prevention and Intervention (PDF)

By Janine Zweig and Meredith Dank

One in four dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts by their partners, according to the largest survey to date on the subject. Social networking sites, texts, cell phones, and e-mails haven’t pushed abuse rates up, but they have given abusers another way to control, degrade, and frighten their partners, even when apart...

Blog Post

1 in 4 Dating Teens Feels Abused and Harassed through Digital Technology

Janine Zweig asks how we can fight the often-hidden problem of digital abuse and harassment among dating teens.

Final Report

Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying

This study explores the role of technology in teen dating abuse and harassment and in teen bullying. The researchers surveyed 5,647 youth—more than any previous analysis—in 10 northeastern schools.
 

Journal Article

The Rate of Cyber Dating Abuse among Teens and How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence (as published in Journal of Youth and Adolescence; requires subscription)

 


Infographic

Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age

Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age Infographic

Key Findings

  • 25 percent of dating teens report they’ve been digitally victimized by their partners. Only 9 percent seek help, and rarely from parents or teachers.
  • 84 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also psychologically abused.
  • 52 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also physically abused.
  • 33 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also sexually coerced.  
  • One in six youth report being the victims of cyber bullying, which is abuse and harassment from someone other than a romantic partner.
  • 90 percent of cyber bullying victims said they were also psychologically abused.
  • Two-thirds to three-quarters of cyber bullying victims said they were also physically abused.
  • Victims of cyber bullying were almost three times as likely to also experience digital dating abuse or harassment.
  • LGBTQ youth reported much higher rates of digital dating abuse and cyber bullying than heterosexual youth.
Authors' manuscript of the journal article    

 

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