They have challenges developing individual beliefs, principles and ethics and this affects their focus, leading to deterioration in their learning development (Offenhauer & Buchalter, 2011).
Lasting effects of teen dating violence can be witnessed after a length of time and may roll on into the adult years depending on the magnitude and extent of abuse.
The data did not specifically address why many of the negative outcomes were different for boys and girls, or explain the conditions that led to revictimization, says Deinera Exner-Cortens, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Cornell University."We know that girls are more likely to experience more severe physical violence, sexual violence and injury, and they report more fear around their aggressive dating experiences," she says.
The study controlled for pubertal development, child maltreatment history and a range of socio-demographic factors.
This form of violence can manifest itself in many ways and it ranges from mental and physical to sexual abuse.
Dating violence has a great deal of effects on the mental health of teenagers.
In many cases, repeated exposure can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Teenagers exposed to domestic violence often fail to form affectionate and trustworthy relationships with their parents, and end up plagued with feelings of isolation, helplessness, and doubt of self-worth.