How peer influence can reduce dating violence
Positive peer influences are associated with decreased dating violence, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.
“We wanted to understand why dating violence occurs among young adults, so we analysed individual and social factors that might contribute,” said lead author Vijay Singh from the University of Michigan Injury Centre.
Patients aging from 14 to 20 years that came to the University of Michigan Injury Centre seeking care were asked to complete a survey on alcohol use, peers, mental health and dating violence.
From those survey results, 842 male and female patients reported alcohol misuse, of which nearly one in four reported past-year dating violence. The study found that positive peer influences are associated with reduced dating violence. This finding may reflect the importance of peers during adolescence and emerging adulthood.
“We believe these findings are important not only for healthcare providers, but also parents and peers of our youth,” Singh said.
The study appeared in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.