Students who are surrounded by peers modeling appropriate social interactions are more likely to prescribe to these norms.If adolescents have emotionally supportive friendships, they are more likely to have supportive romantic relationships as well.As children develop into adolescents, the topography of bullying develops as well.Students begin interacting more frequently with opposite-sex peers and romantic relationships emerge.However, those who are victims of bullying report the least amount of emotional abuse in dating relationships.
Roughly one-third of students reported that their first experience with sexual harassment occurred in elementary school (3 & 4).
Students who are not involved in bullying are significantly less likely to experience physical dating violence compared to students who are bullies or bully-victims.
When examining emotional abuse in dating relationships, bully-victims report the most victimization.
Discussions about school violence rarely include public health’s proven prevention approaches.
Public health approaches focus on preventing violence before it starts and have been shown to effectively reduce school and youth violence.