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December 6, 2010

Integrating Violence Prevention ResearchExamining Perpetration and Victimization of Violence Within and Across Relationship Contexts

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Institute of Public Health, Partnership for Urban Health Research, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(12):1169-1170. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.212

Dating violence (DV) is common among adolescents and represents a significant public health problem.14 However, gaps in our consideration of the ways that DV is linked to other forms of interpersonal violence across settings and relationship contexts have limited the ability to design integrated violence prevention and intervention efforts.2,3 Current prevention and intervention programs generally focus on one type of violent behavior typically expressed within a specific relationship context. More specific information about the overlap between multiple types of interpersonal violent behavior, as provided by Rothman and colleagues1 in this issue of the Archives, can inform efforts to develop programs that are specific to a particular type of violence or relevant across multiple types of violence.3 It is clear from this study1 and others35 that specific forms of interpersonal violence do not appear in isolation but co-occur, even with self-directed violence such as suicidal behaviors,3,4,6 within individuals.

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