Adolescent Relationship Violence in Clinical Settings: Challenges for Identification and Intervention

  • Elizabeth Miller


Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner – a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth. Nationwide, nearly one in ten high school students (8.9%) has been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. The negative health consequences for adolescents and young adults include pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, depression, and suicidality.


Domestic Violence Young Person Family Violence Abusive Behavior Verbal Abuse 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC Davis School of MedicineSacramentoUSA

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