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Dating violence victimization was measured by a single survey item that asked: “Have you ever been hurt physically or sexually by a date or someone you were going out with?
This would include being hurt by being shoved, slapped, hit, or forced into any sexual activity.” Response choices were: “I have never been on a date or gone out with anyone” (2001 only); “No, I have never been hurt by a date or someone I was going out with”; “Yes, I was hurt physically”; “Yes, I was hurt sexually”; and “Yes, I was hurt both physically and sexually.” These responses were then recoded into exclusive dichotomous variables: physical dating violence only, sexual dating violence only, and both physical and sexual dating violence, with the referent group being those who indicated that they had never experienced dating violence or had never been on a date (2001 only).
The present study utilizes a large, representative sample of female adolescents to assess associations between physical and sexual dating violence and STD/HIV testing and diagnosis.
The Massachusetts YRBS was administered in 19 to 9th- through 12th-grade students in randomly selected classrooms within selected public high schools throughout the state.More than one third (38.8%) of adolescent girls tested for STD or HIV and more than half (51.6%) of girls diagnosed with STD/HIV reported experiencing dating violence.