Almost half had experienced it before or during college, survey shows
MONDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Violence between partners, friends and acquaintances is common before and during college, a new study shows.
Researchers surveyed 910 undergraduates aged 17 to 22 (57.1 percent female) at three urban college campuses to detect this trend.
Among the findings:
"In conclusion, all forms of relationship violence are prevalent among male and female college students; almost half of students had experienced relationship violence at some point in their lives, more than one-third had experienced violence before college, and one-quarter had experienced violence during college," wrote Christine M. Forke, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Emotional violence was the most common form of violence at all ages.
"While emotional abuse frequently is not a focus of violence prevention, it can cause poor outcomes and may predispose victims to other forms of violence. Therefore, educational efforts focusing on healthy relationships should begin during childhood," the researchers wrote.
The study is published in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice about health and safety in college.
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SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, July 7, 2008
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