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Researchers from the University of Georgia followed more than 600 students, from 6th to 12th grade, for over seven years and found that students who start dating in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school, and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use, according to a Science Daily report."A likely explanation for the worse educational performance of early daters is that these adolescents start dating early as part of an overall pattern of high-risk behaviors," said Pamela Orpinas, study author, and professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior.
Studies of emergency department settings and small geographic areas suggest an association may exist, although how that association may vary by sex is not clear.
In this study, we provide sex-stratified, nationally representative data on the association between NMUPD and dating violence victimization among US high school students.
In our analyses, we examined a 4-level DVV measure: no DVV, physical only, sexual only, and both physical and sexual.
RESULTS: Male students had a significantly lower prevalence of DVV compared with female students.
Community- or school-based adolescent violence and substance use prevention efforts would be enhanced by considering the association between DVV and substance use, particularly NMUPD among both male and female adolescents, to address these public health problems.