For instance, do outcomes differ if a boy witnesses his mom being violent towards his dad or if he witnesses his dad being violent towards his mom?A second offshoot of the original study is related to resource knowledge and utilization.We found woefully low rates of awareness for existing IPV resources and even lower rates of utilization. At the time we started the Campus Violence Study about a decade ago, it was uncommon for studies to look at males and females together.

What ongoing research are you doing with data from the Campus Violence Study?

Well, there are a few things we are still exploring.

First, I am focusing on how witnessing violence in the home during childhood is related to future involvement with teen dating violence and whether gender matters.

No teenager wants to trade the sweaty palms and fluttering heartbeats that come with a first date or romantic relationship for real dread, fear, or even injury from dating violence. report being a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner in the past 12 months, according to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

But it is a sad fact that emotional abuse, physical violence, and sexual violence do occur among some teen dating couples. Research into teen dating violence is helping to explain why it occurs and opening doors to intervene so that adolescents can develop healthy relationship skills they can sustain for life.

Recently, during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Christine Forke Young, MSN, CRNP, authored a two-part guest blog about health policy and research on teen dating violence for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

To take a closer look at these issues, Cornerstone chatted with Forke Young, who is a Violence Prevention Initiative Fellow at CIRP and a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. What were some of the major findings of the Campus Violence Study that you and colleagues conducted?

We surveyed students at three local colleges in the Philadelphia area, which we selected to get a broad diversity of students.

Our adolescent sample included about 900 students age 22 and under.

In the first analysis [published in the , we wanted to look at prevalence rates of relationship violence.

In that analysis, almost half of people were reporting some involvement in violence, either victimization or perpetration; more females than males reported perpetrating violence and about a quarter of males reported being victims of violence. Another interesting finding was that emotional violence was the highest form of violence reported before college and was equal with sexual violence during college.