On SAGE Insight: Cyber dating abuse associations among adolescents

Article title: The Associations Between Substance Use, Sexual Behaviors, Bullying, Deviant Behaviors, Health, and Cyber Dating Abuse Perpetration

From The Journal of School Nursing

Dating violence, including physical violence, psychological abuse, and sexual assault is a major public health concern and is considered a form of school violence by the National Association of School Nurses. While digital technologies have enabled perpetrators of dating violence to target their victims online (cyber dating abuse), little is known about how this form of perpetration relates to specific adolescent risk behaviors. This brief research report focuses on the associations between substance use, sexual behaviors, deviant behaviors, self-reported health, and cyber dating abuse perpetration. Similar to cyberbullying, digital forms of dating violence can occur at any time and are not dependent on physical proximity. This study addresses the gap in knowledge on the associations of cyber dating abuse among adolescents with other types of risk behaviors and health outcomes. Research into these associations is relevant to school nurses and other health professionals, as engagement in certain risky behaviors may be indicative of cyber dating abuse perpetration

Abstract

Dating violence is an important public health concern and is considered to be a form of school violence. While digital technologies have enabled perpetrators of dating violence to target their victims online (cyber dating abuse), little is known about how this form of perpetration relates to specific adolescent risk behaviors. This brief research report focuses on the associations between substance use, sexual behaviors, deviant behaviors, self-reported health, and cyber dating abuse perpetration. Participants included 705 ethnically diverse adolescents (n = 408; 57.9% female) in Southeast Texas. Having had sexual intercourse or using alcohol or drugs before having sex was significantly linked with cyber dating abuse perpetration, as was poor physical health, and substance use. Consistent with limited research, we found a link between cyber dating abuse and engagement in bullying behaviors. The discussion section includes suggestions for school nurse practice and further research.

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The Associations Between Substance Use, Sexual Behaviors, Bullying, Deviant Behaviors, Health, and Cyber Dating Abuse Perpetration

2017, Vol. 33(2)
DOI: 10.1177/1059840516683229
The Journal of School Nursing

     
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