Conflicts of Interest: Staff at the study sponsor site (Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) contributed significantly to the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, writing of the report, and the decision to submit this manuscript for publication.There is no conflict of interest on behalf of CDC employees regarding this work. B., wrote the first draft of this manuscript and did not receive payment to do so.Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.

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If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be involved in an abusive relationship.

Abuses alcohol or other drugs and pressures you to use them. Has a history of failed relationships and always blames the other person for all of the problems? Believes that he or she should be in control of the relationship? Makes family and friends uneasy and concerned for your safety?

This research demonstrates that successful implementation of a targeted school-based dating violence prevention program relies on building school support and awareness of teen dating violence, especially for appropriate identification and referral of at-risk students.

High levels of school support enhance the development of a supportive group process and attitudinal and behavioral changes among participants.

Disclaimer: Publication of this article was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The opinions or views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the funders.

Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically.

In the new nationwide survey, which included 1,058 youths ages 14 to 20, 41% of girls and young women and 37% of boys and young men said they had been victims of dating abuse; 35% of girls and 29% of boys said they had physically, emotionally or sexually abused a partner, according to a news release from the association.

These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.

Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.

Challenges resulted from impediments to group cohesion including insufficient referrals, inconsistent attendance, and low levels of school support.