One important goal of research on teen dating violence is to understand which youth are more vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships.

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Female teens who bullied others were likely to perpetrate sexual, verbal and physical dating violence.

Male teens who bullied others were likely to perpetrate verbal and physical dating violence. NIJ-funded research also has examined factors related to victimization among a national sample of 1,525 Latino teens.

In middle school, aggression toward a sibling was a predictor of bullying behavior for both girls and boys.

For girls, family conflict and having delinquent friends were also predictors of bullying behavior.

The study first examined potential risk factors that each partner could bring to a relationship.

These factors could be grouped into four broad categories: When examined together, risk factors that could be changed (e.g., having delinquent peers) related more strongly to dating violence than risk factors that could not be changed (e.g., exposure to maltreatment in childhood).

The NIJ-funded study of dating violence among 5,647 teens from middle schools and high schools (representing grades 7 to 12) throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania identified two psychosocial health behaviors associated with teen dating violence: Similar findings emerged from a national study of relationships among 1,525 Latino teens.