A new study found that teen girls who experience dating violence are more likely to drink excessively compared to other teens girls who are not in abusive relationships. As for teen boys, they are more likely to smoke marijuana if encountering dating violence compared to other teen boys in healthy relationships.
This study involved 5,600 teens who were involved in at least one relationship since 1996. One-third of the group studied said they had experienced dating violence both physical and emotional. Five year later, those who said they were involved in abusive relationships, were very likely to engage in unhealthy behavior including smoking, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Teens in physically abusive relationships were more prone to be in violent relationships between the ages of 18 and 25.
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