Dating Violence Victimization among Adolescents in Europe: Baseline Results from the Lights4Violence Project

Authorship: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Sanz-Barbero, Belen | Ayala, Alba | Pérez-Martínez, Vanesa | Sanchez-SanSegundo, Miriam | Jaskulska, Sylwia | Neves, Sofia | Forjaz, Maria João | Pyżalski, Jacek | Bowes, Nicola | Costa, Dália | Waszyńska, Katarzyna | Jankowiak, Barbara | Mocanu, Veronica | Davó-Blanes, M. Carmen

Abstract: Dating violence (DV) among adolescents is a public health issue because of its negative health consequences. In this study, we aimed to analyse the prevalence and the psychosocial and socioeconomic risk and protective factors associated DV among male and female adolescents in Europe. It was performed a cross-sectional study based on a non-probabilistic sample of 1555 students aged 13–16 years (2018–2019). The global prevalence of DV victimization was significantly greater among girls than boys (girls: 34.1%, boys: 26.7%; p = 0.012). The prevalence of DV in both girls and boys was greater for those over age 15 (girls: 48.5% p