“It appears that family dynamics occurring in the preschool years and in middle childhood are critical in the development of aggression and dating violence in the teenage years,” she says.
Alarmingly though, in many of these relationships adolescents act aggressively toward each other and this behavior appears almost as early as relationships emerge.
Preventing dating aggression at this developmental stage may reap significant positive outcomes later in life.
In this article, the authors provide a review of adolescent dating aggression, focusing on warning signs and methods of prevention.
“Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life,” says lead author Jennifer A.
Livingston, a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.