Teen age dating violence
Previous research shows that jealousy is a common issue in teen relationships, Capaldi says.
In one study, she and her colleagues brought in 17- to 18-year-olds to discuss relationship conflicts they were facing.
"It's important to highlight that this can really lead to death.
It's not something to brush off as 'This is just an argument between kids.' "The study might be the first to offer a national estimate for deaths of teenagers due to dating violence, says Anita Raj, who directs the Center for Gender Equity and Health at University of California San Diego and wasn't involved in the new study."I have never seen this kind of work with this very young [age] group," she says.
"She says adults should speak openly to children about relationships even before they are dating.
"I think it's important to talk about what healthy relationships are," she says.
The study found that of the more than 2,000 adolescents killed between 20, nearly 7 percent — 150 teens — were killed by their current or former intimate partners.
Ninety percent of the victims were female, and their average age was around 17 years old.
Teen romance gone wrong can be dangerous for girls.
The most frequent issue raised by the teens was jealousy of their partners, she says."This was equally by girls and boys," she says.
"The most dangerous situation is when you have a history of poor [emotional] control, hostility, and then they're placed in a high-risk situation, like becoming jealous."And breakups, she adds, are a particularly volatile and dangerous time in abusive relationships.
"I did not know it was an adolescent issue at this scale."The new study also offers details about the circumstances of the deaths.
Adhia and her colleagues looked at information from law enforcement, the medical examiner or the coroner's office records for each case.
"We found breakups are for dangerous periods for more likelihood of injury," Capaldi says.