This essay explores research conducted within the past ten years, drawing information to develop an understanding of the risk factors and behavioural outcomes of both victims and perpetrators of youth and adolescent dating abuse to sufficiently develop and implement effective prevention programs within and beyond the education system. Findings address the risk and nature of dating abuse, key concepts surrounding relationships, the impact of the ecological setting, the extent of abuse amongst youth and adolescents, statistical trends, the risk of victimization and perpetration, how the risks interact with the environment, application of relevant theories, the individual and extended effects, and appropriate prevention methods and outcomes. Concluding that, by recognizing youth and adolescent dating abuse as a current issue amongst youth and developing a comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with the issue, educators and others working with youth can begin developing ways to mitigate and prevent youth from the damaging impacts of adolescent dating abuse.
Ecclestone, Shaina. 2021. "Analyzing Youth and Adolescent Dating Abuse: Risk, Impact, Prevention." Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Connections 5, (1). https://scholars.wlu.ca/bridges_contemporary_connections/vol5/iss1/2