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How peer influence can reduce dating violence

How peer influence can reduce dating violence
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Positive peer influences are associated with decreased dating violence, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher, which looks deeper at risk and protective factors among teenagers who report dating violence and alcohol use, shows.

New York: Positive peer influences are associated with decreased dating violence, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher, which looks deeper at risk and protective factors among teenagers who report dating violence and alcohol use, shows.

"We wanted to understand why dating violence occurs among young adults, so we analysed individual and social factors that might contribute," said lead author Vijay Singh from the University of Michigan Injury Centre.

Patients ages 14 to 20 that came to the University of Michigan Injury Centre seeking care were asked to complete a survey on alcohol use, peers, mental health and dating violence.

The study found that positive peer influences are associated with reduced dating violence. This finding may reflect the importance of peers during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

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