Dating for drugs
Dating for drugs
(Count such things as being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon).” Response options included the following: I did not date or go out with anyone during the past 12 months, 0 times, 1 time, 2 or 3 times, 4 or 5 times, or 6 or more times.Sexual DV was assessed with the following question: “During the past 12 months, how many times did someone you were dating or going out with force you to do sexual things that you did not want to do?
METHODS: We used data from the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9 to 12.
Understanding the impact of this epidemic on adolescents is necessary to guide prevention efforts for this population.
In the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a household survey, it is estimated that nearly 6% of 12- to 17-year-olds misused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year, whereas in the school-based Monitoring the Future survey, it is reported that a higher annual prevalence of 12.0% among 12th-graders misused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs during the same time period.
In another study in which researchers used self-reported data collected from high school students in Maryland, students who had experienced physical or psychological DVV were more likely than students who had not experienced such victimization to be classified as polysubstance users (users of multiple types of substances) or as users of just alcohol and marijuana than to be classified as nonsubstance users.
It is likely that the association between substance use and DVV operates in both directions because researchers have suggested that substance use may increase the risk for violence victimization and that those who have experienced violence victimization may be more likely to engage in substance use behaviors, perhaps as an unhealthy coping mechanism.
In our analyses, we examined a 4-level DVV measure: no DVV, physical only, sexual only, and both physical and sexual.
RESULTS: Male students had a significantly lower prevalence of DVV compared with female students.
According to the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 16.8% of US high school students indicated that they had used prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription at some point in their lifetime. Intimate partner violence (IPV), often called teen dating violence (DV) when involving adolescents, can include sexual violence, physical violence, stalking, and psychological aggression.
National surveillance data of adults revealed that among victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, almost a quarter (23.1%) of female victims and 14% of male victims first experienced these or other forms of IPV between the ages of 11 and 17.
By using the 4-level measure of DVV, after adjusting for covariates, sexual DVV only (a PR = 1.61, 95% CI: 1.21–2.12) and both physical and sexual DVV (a PR = 1.65, 95% CI: 1.26–2.17) were positively associated with NUMPD among boys, whereas among girls, physical DVV only (a PR = 1.42, 95% CI: 1.16–1.75) and both physical and sexual DVV (a PR = 1.43, 95% CI: 1.03–1.99) were positively associated with NMUPD.
CONCLUSIONS: NMUPD was associated with experiences of DVV among both male and female students.
The YRBS is a school-based cross-sectional survey in which researchers use an independent 3-stage cluster sample design to obtain a nationally representative sample of ninth through 12th grade students who attend public and private schools in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Two types of DVV were assessed on the 2015 YRBS questionnaire: physical and sexual DVV.