The Thai youths held the highest support toward dating violence, with no difference between the Thai and Arab youths on psychological attitudes toward dating violence.While females reported less endorsement of dating violence than males, differences among the three female subgroups on attitudes toward dating violence were indicated.
Adolescents with a history of dating violence were, in the past 6 months, 2.8 times more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease, 2.8 times more likely to have nonmonogamous male partners, and half as likely to use condoms consistently.The paucity of research examining dating violence among black female adolescents and its relationship to pregnancy and STD/HIV risk-taking has created a gap in our knowledge of adolescent females' sexual health.The aim of this study is to examine the association between dating violence and the sexual health, behaviors, norms, and attitudes of black female adolescents.From December 1996 through April 1999, project recruiters screened teens in an adolescent medicine clinic, a health department, and school health classes to determine their eligibility for participating in an HIV/STD prevention study.Furthermore, adolescents with a history of dating violence were significantly more likely to fear the perceived consequences of negotiating condom use (odds ratio [OR] = 2.8); fear talking with their partner about pregnancy prevention (OR = 2.6); have a higher perceived risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (OR = 2.1); perceive less control over their sexuality (OR = 2.4); have peer norms nonsupportive of using condoms (OR = 3.1); and have norms nonsupportive of having a healthy relationship (OR = 2.1).Much of the research on dating violence has been conducted with school-based, predominantly white populations.
Although informative, findings from these studies may not be relevant for black female adolescents, a population that has a higher prevalence of dating violence and has higher rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Although several studies have reported that between 15% and 25% of pregnant teens experience physical assault, there has been limited research examining the relationship between dating violence and adolescent females sexual health.
The objectives of this research were to assess the prevailness and severity of attitudes toward dating violence among Jewish, Arabs, and Thai male and female adolescents.
The random samples consisted 9th to12th grade pupils.
The study assessed attitudes toward psychological, physical, and sexual dating violence.
Jewish youth reflected lower endorsement of dating violence than Thai and Arab participants.