Dating and intimate partner violence among young persons ages 15–30: Evidence from a systematic review

Wesley G. Jennings, Chidike Okeem, Alex R. Piquero, Christine S. Sellers, Delphine Theobald, David P. Farrington

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While there has been much empirical research on adult dating violence, only recently has research began to also focus on young adult dating violence in general and teen dating violence specifically. With recognition of the growing research and media attention toward youth and young adult dating violence, the current study provides a systematic review of the extant literature devoted toward examinations of dating/intimate partner violence among individuals aged 15 to 30 and, more narrowly, on the prior research that has tested the effectiveness of dating/intimate partner violence interventions with this age group. Results from a comprehensive literature search of a number of existing databases revealed 169 studies that met the inclusion criteria, and 42 of these 169 studies were also characterized as intervention studies. Descriptive results are discussed for the 169 studies overall, and for the 42 intervention studies in particular in greater detail. Evidence gleaned from this systematic review revealed a number of similarities and differences between the studies in general, but also pointed toward the potential effectiveness of interventions to prevent the occurrence and re-occurrence of dating/intimate partner violence. Study limitations and directions for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-125
Number of pages19
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Dating violence
  • Interventions
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Perpetration
  • Victimization
  • Youth

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