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The paper presents the hypothesis that teens who have experienced both physical violence and emotional abuse within the context of dating relationships will have higher levels of depression and/or anxiety. The paper provides a review of the literature on teen dating violence and its correlation between depression and anxiety and outlines the methodology for this study and the potential findings. The paper concludes that regardless of the findings of this research, it is clear that initiatives should be undertaken by schools and policy makers to help teens avoid being exposed to abuse seen in teen dating violence.
From the Paper:"To truly understand the dynamics of teen dating violence, we must first look at the practice of teen dating itself to clearly define the contexts in which the acts of violence take place. The concept of dating is a relatively new phenomenon coming out of Twentieth Century social customs (Jackson et al. 1998). Previous to the 1920s, dating and courtship was much different than how it is viewed today. Typically, short periods of courtship were immediately followed by marriage. However, around the middle of the Twentieth Century, dating moved away from being a practice of marriage courtship, and the rules of formal dating changed dramatically. From the middle of the Twentieth Century onwards, dating became a social phenomenon that allowed teens to enjoy the company of multiple partners over a period of time, without the necessity of ending in a marriage. Today, dating is considered as a mere relationship between two individuals who share a mutual like or love for one another. Yet, as dating has become more widespread and loosely confined, there have been problems surfacing, including that of dating violence. Based on the social practice of dating being so relatively young, the research of dating violence has been slow to catch on within the world of modern social science; in fact, "Not until the late 1970s and early 1980s would dating violence be somewhat recognized as a social phenomenon and as a significant area or problem for social research," (Jackson et al. 1998:84)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Holt, Melissa K. & Espelage, Dorothy L. (2005). Social support as a moderator between dating violence victimization and depression/anxiety among African American and Caucasian adolescents. Psychology Review. 34(3):309-341.
- Howard, Donna E.; Qi Wang, Min; & Yan, Fan. (2007). Psychological factors associated with reports of physical dating violence among U.S. adolescents females. Adolescence. 42(166):311-332.
- Howard, Donna E.; Qi Wang, Min; & Yan, Fan. (2007). Prevalence and psychosocial correlates of forced sexual intercourse among U.S. high school adolescents. Adolescence. 42(168):629-641.
- Jackson, Nicky Ali; Oates, Gisele Casanova. (1998). Violence in Intimate Relationships: Examining Sociological and Psychological Issues. Butterorth-Heinemann: Boston.
- James. William H.; West, Carolyn; Deters, Karla Exrre; & Armijo, Eduardo. (2000). Youth dating violence. Adolescence. 35(139):455-462.
Cite this Research Proposal:
Teen Dating Violence (2012, May 18) Retrieved February 17, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/teen-dating-violence-151019/
"Teen Dating Violence" 18 May 2012. Web. 17 February. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/teen-dating-violence-151019/>