The proportion of U.S. parents who talk with their adolescent children about dating abuse

Emily F. Rothman, Elizabeth Miller, Amy Terpeluk, Anne Glauber, Jane Randel

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Purpose: To estimate the proportion of U.S. parents who talked about dating abuse (DA) with their adolescent children in the past year, and explore reasons among those who did not. Methods: Five hundred parents of 1118 year-old-children were assessed through a national online survey. Results: Fifty-five percent of parents had discussed DA with their children in the past year. Mothers were more likely than fathers to discuss DA with both male and female children (59.0% vs. 50.2%, p <.05). Parents' age, income, and region of the United States were not related to having discussed DA. However, DA was substantially less likely to be discussed than school work, drugs, alcohol, family finances, the economy, money management, dating relationships in general, and sex. Parents who did not discuss DA reported that their children were not dating, that they were too young, that their children would learn about it through experience, that they would not know what to say, or that it was too embarrassing to discuss. Conclusions: Programs that equip parents to talk with children about DA are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Dating abuse
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Parental concern
  • Parents
  • Partner abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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