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Dating Violence among High-Risk Young Women: A Systematic Review Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Department of Psychology, York University, 5022 TEL, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J1P3, Canada
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck
Behav. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 7;
Received: 13 October 2015 / Revised: 17 January 2016 / Accepted: 22 January 2016 / Published: 29 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Sex: Development and Behavior)
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Our systematic review identified 21 quantitative articles and eight qualitative articles addressing dating violence among high risk young women. The groups of high-risk young women in this review include street-involved, justice-involved, pregnant or parenting, involved with Child Protective Services, and youth diagnosed with a mental health issue. Our meta-analysis of the quantitative articles indicated that 34% (CI = 0.24–0.45) of high-risk young women report that they have been victims of physical dating violence and 45% (CI = 0.31–0.61) of these young women report perpetrating physical dating violence. Significant moderator variables included questionnaire and timeframe. Meta-synthesis of the qualitative studies revealed that high-risk young women report perpetrating dating violence to gain power and respect, whereas women report becoming victims of dating violence due to increased vulnerability. View Full-Text
Keywords: high-risk; dating violence; young women high-risk; dating violence; young women

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