How peer in­flu­ence can re­duce dat­ing vi­o­lence

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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.

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