Because Hispanic children and youth make up 17 percent of the U. population under age 18, new research is taking a closer look at this group of young people.Three recent articles investigate important questions about dating violence and Hispanic teens. The groundbreaking Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents, or DAVILA, study used a national sample of Latino adolescents to determine their experiences as victims of violence in dating relationships, including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and stalking. Bell use data from their study to pinpoint the rates of victimization among Hispanic teens.Boys were less likely than girls to tell someone about being the victim of dating violence.

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The researchers also found that few programs in the studies they reviewed promoted cultural pride or culturally based gender stereotypes, two approaches they suggest are essential to teen dating violence prevention among Hispanic youth.

Read the Articles "Dating Violence and Interpersonal Victimization Among a National Sample of Latino Youth." Carlos A.

For teens, dating is about more than just finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.

It’s a critical part of adolescent development, but with reports of increased violence occurring within relationships, there is growing concern about how that early experience with dating aggression can impact young-adult relationships.

(MORE: How Teen Rejection Can Lead to Chronic Disease Later in Life) Researchers from Cornell University tracked nearly 6,000 kids between the ages of 12 and 18 who were in heterosexual relationships, asking them about their experiences with dating violence.

Specifically, they wanted to know if the children had dating partners who had sworn at them, insulted them or treated them disrespectfully in public.

Released in 2013, the study surveyed more than 1,500 Hispanic 12- to 18-year-olds and their caregivers by phone, in either English or Spanish, between September 2011 and February 2012. But they also wanted to see how often Hispanic teens are victims of multiple types of dating violence, or dating violence that overlaps with other experiences of violence.

Nearly 1 in 5 of youth surveyed had been a victim of dating violence.

Sabina and Cuevas, along with researcher Kristin A. Only about 15 percent of teen victims looked for help from school personnel, social services, police, the legal system, or a health care professional. “A Review of Teen Dating Violence Prevention Research: What About Hispanic Youth?

About 60 percent of teens mentioned the dating violence they experienced to a friend, parent, sibling, relative or neighbor—the vast majority of those mentions (42 percent of all respondents) were to friends.

Three of the studies enrolled a majority of Hispanic teens, and only one of those followed long-term effects.