Teenage Depression and Domestic Violence

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Recent­ly pub­lished in the Archives of Pedi­atrics & Ado­les­cent Med­i­cine, the study was based on sur­veys of hun­dreds of teenagers at mid­dle and high schools across the coun­try. Based on their find­ings, researchers con­clude that all depressed teenagers, espe­cial­ly young females who expe­ri­ence teenage depres­sion, are at a dra­mat­i­cal­ly high­er risk of being vic­tim­ized by domes­tic vio­lence lat­er in adulthood.

Young women who were iden­ti­fied as ado­les­cent depres­sion suf­fer­ers were a stun­ning 86% more like­ly to report being hit, pub­licly humil­i­at­ed, or oth­er­wise vic­tim­ized by a part­ner. The study’s authors, based at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia-San Fran­cis­co School of Med­i­cine, also found that teenage depres­sion suf­fer­ers were more like­ly to be cohab­i­tat­ing with an abu­sive part­ner five years after the onset of ado­les­cent depres­sion symp­toms. Women with a his­to­ry of depres­sion were also found to be less like­ly to leave a rela­tion­ship once abuse becomes appar­ent. Researchers sug­gest­ed that women with his­to­ries of teenage depres­sion may feel more depen­dent, emo­tion­al­ly or finan­cial­ly, on their part­ners than women with no his­to­ry of depression.

Depres­sive Symp­to­ma­tol­ogy as a Pre­dic­tor of Expo­sure to Inti­mate Part­ner Vio­lence Among US Female Ado­les­cents and Young Adults — Abstract of the study

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