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Cyber Dating Abuse Among Teens Using School-Based Health Centers

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December 2014
8 pages
This study estimated the prevalence of cyber dating abuse among youth aged 14 to 19 years seeking care at school-based health centers and associations with other forms of adolescent relationship abuse (ARA), sexual violence, and reproductive and sexual health indicators.
A cross-sectional survey was conducted during the 2012–2013 school year (participant n = 1008). Associations between cyber dating abuse and study outcomes were assessed via logistic regression models for clustered survey data. Past 3-month cyber dating abuse was reported by 41.4 percent of this clinic-based sample. More female than male participants reported cyber dating abuse victimization (44.6 percent vs 31.0 percent). Compared with no exposure, low- (“a few times”) and high-frequency (“once or twice a month” or more) cyber dating abuse were significantly associated with physical or sexual ARA (low: adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 2.8, 95 percent confidence interval [CI] 1.8–4.4; high: aOR 5.4, 95 percent CI 4.0–7.5) and nonpartner sexual assault (low: aOR 2.7, 95 percent CI 1.3–5.5; high: aOR 4.1, 95 percent CI 2.8–5.9). Analysis with female participants found an association between cyber dating abuse exposure and contraceptive nonuse (low: aOR 1.8, 95 percent CI 1.2–2.7; high: aOR 4.1, 95 percent CI 2.0–8.4) and reproductive coercion (low: aOR 3.0, 95 percent CI 1.4–6.2; high: aOR 5.7, 95 percent CI 2.8–11.6). (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Published: December 1, 2014