A study found the lasting impact of teen dating violence and the risk of unhealthy behaviors even through adulthood.
Survey of close to 6000 teens during 12 and 18 years and again five years later found that such teens exhibited behavioral problems in their relationships and some of them were victims of depression, alcoholism and drugs.
"What stood out was, across both genders and types of victimization, teens who experienced teen dating violence were two to three times more likely to be re-victimized by a partner in young adulthood," said study author Deinera Exner-Cortens from Cornell University.
"Romantic relationships are really important developmental experiences, where [teens] develop their identity," Exner-Cortens said. "If these relationships aren't going very well, it somehow skews their view of what a healthy relationship is and their healthy development."