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Teen domestic violence may increase signs of depression

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Young adults who fall victim to domestic violence (intimate partner violence or IPV) are more at risk of mental health issues, specifically symptoms of depression, according to a study from researchers at Bowling Green State University through a press release on March 5.

It was found young and adolescent women experienced more symptoms of depression than young and adolescent men, albeit high levels of mutual domestic violence showed the conflict had similar negative effects of both men and women.

The study’s finding are derived from four interviews of self-disclosed information over a period of several years.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen dating violence is defined as physical, sexual, emotional/psychological aggression, as well as stalking. A national survey from the CDC in 2011 found 9.4 percent of high school students reported being physically assaulted intentionally in a relationship. The students consisted of both male and female partners.

Young victims of domestic violence may have more negative effects such as doing poorly in school, binge drinking, suicide attempts and aggression. Additionally, it is believed victims may carry the violent patterns into future relationships.

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