(More on Time.com: The Tricky Politics of Tween Bullying) For the study, researchers surveyed 1,398 students from 22 urban high schools in Boston in 2008.They asked the students to report how many times in the past month they had perpetrated violence against peers, family members or people they were romantically involved with.about 10 percent of high school students reported experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.Overall, nearly 19% of students reported physically abusing a romantic partner in the past month, including pushing, shoving, hitting, punching, kicking or choking.Nearly 43% reported verbally abusing their partner, cursing at them or calling them fat, ugly, stupid or some other insult.
Messages of risk and fear -- "Don't let this happen to you" -- are developmentally inappropriate. Know the red flags, but don't use them in conversations with your teen.
While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.
The rates of sexual victimization for LGB respondents was 23.2 percent, nearly double that of heterosexual youth, of whom 12.3 percent reported sexual coercion.
Our data shows that even teens from high-income, suburban, rural families get exposed to surprising amounts of violence and disorder, like drug deals and gang activity, especially if they're in middle and high school.
Talk to your teens to find out the truth about their world. Our research shows that victims of teen dating violence are three to four times as likely to be cyberbullied through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as others.