Psychosocial factors associated with reports of physical dating violence victimization among U.S. adolescent males

The present study, based upon the national 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of U.S. high school students, provides the most current and representative data on physical dating violence among adolescent males (N = 6,528) The dependent variable was physical dating violence. The independent variables included four dimensions: violence, suicide, subtance use, and sexual risk behavior. Unadjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were examined followed by multivariate logistic regression analyses, which included all significant independent variables from the bivariate analyses. Adjusted OR and 95% CI were computed to assess the significance of the relationships. In terms of prevalence, 10.0% of male adolescents reported experiencing physical dating violence. Boys who reported sad/hopeless feelings (OR = 2.42), physical fighting (OR = 1.92), gun carrying (OR = 1.80), recent sexual partners (OR = 2.84), or unprotected sexual intercourse (OR = 1.81), were more likely to report physical dating violence. These findings suggest that dating violence against adolescent males is sufficiently widespread and clusters with other risk factors, and that further research and intervention efforts be directed toward better understanding and preventing both male victimization and its psychosocial sequalae
Author: 
Howard,D.E.
Wang,M.Q.
Yan,F.
Notes: 
DA
Reprint Status: 
NOT IN FILE
Start Page: 
449
End Page: 
460
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Adolescence
Volume: 
43
Issue: 
171
Abstract: 
This cross-sectional study examined correlates of physical dating violence among 6,528 adolescent males. Data was obtained from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Physical dating violence was reported among 10% of the respondents and prevalence estimates increased with school grade. Male youth who reported being the victim of physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend over one year were more likely to report emotional distress, violence-related behaviors, substance use, and risky sexual behaviors. Hispanic and Black adolescents reported higher prevalence of physical violence compared to White adolescents. Being a victim of physical dating violence was greater for males who reported sad or hopeless feelings, engaged in physical fights, carried a gun, and participated in risky sexual behaviors.
Topic Areas: 
adolescent/high school, prevalence, risk
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
2576
Publication Date: 
2008