The associations of adolescents' dating violence victimization, well-being and engagement in risk behaviors

Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, Michel Walrave

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Abstract

This brief report describes dating violence victimization among adolescents in Flanders, Belgium, and focuses on how dating violence is related to adolescents' well-being and engagement in risk behaviors, such as substance use, sexual behaviors, and engagement in vandalism or fighting. A survey was conducted in Flanders, Belgium among 1187 adolescents (61.3% female, n = 728). A total of 466 respondents between 16 and 22 years old (M = 17.82 years, SD = 0.92) were in a relationship (71.0% female, n = 331), and, therefore, formed the subsample of the present study. The results show that adolescents, who consume alcohol at a younger age, have ever used marihuana, or were involved in vandalism have a higher probability to become victim of dating violence than adolescents who are not involved in these behaviors. Dating violence victimization was also linked with symptoms of depression and a lower self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Dating violence
  • Dating violence victimization
  • Risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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