Health-Risk Behaviors and Dating Violence Victimization: An Examination of the Associated Risk Behaviors among Detained Female Youth

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  • There are many health-risk behaviors that may elevate the risk of adolescents engaging in teenage dating violence. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the health-risk behaviors that are associated with a sample of female juvenile offenders to identify the extent to which those behaviors contribute to dating violence. The survey assessed respondents' health-risk behaviors prior to incarceration, their perceptions of quality of life, postincarceration expectations, psychosocial factors, and other social determinants. Results indicated youth exposure to dating violence, alcohol, drug, and risky sexual behaviors in the year prior to incarceration. These findings demonstrate the need to address teen dating violence with at-risk adolescents in addition to risky behaviors.
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  • King DM; Hatcher SS; Blakey JM; Mbizo J
  • Start Page

  • 559
  • End Page

  • 566
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 7