Adolescent Dating Violence Research and Violence Prevention: An Opportunity to Support Health Outcomes

Wekerle, C.,
Tanaka, M.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 19(6): 681-698, 2010

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.

Correspondence to: Christine Wekerle, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, HSC 3A, CAAP 3N10, 1200 Main Street W., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5; E-mail:
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