Adolescent Dating Violence Research and Violence Prevention: An Opportunity to Support Health Outcomes
These authors introduce topics addressed in the special issues on adolescent dating violence that make up the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma 19(5) and 19(6). They provide background on the prevalence of adolescent dating violence, peer and mental health contexts, demographic issues, promising interventions, causal processes, and future research directions. The authors say that adolescent dating violence is at a level of concern that warrants greater and more focused research attention, as well as a renewed interest in testing interventions. As a relatively new area of inquiry and intervention, adolescent dating violence will benefit from consideration of both epidemiological and clinical research, as well as a move toward randomized control trials to direct those programs that show consistent positive impact across trials. With sufficient population data showing no change in dating violence victimization, the authors say it is imperative to accord adolescent dating violence due status as a public health issue, with import for future child maltreatment and adult intimate partner violence. Modified Author Abstract.