The study authors surveyed slightly more than 1,000 teens aged 14 to 19 who visited on-campus health clinics from 2012 to 2013 in search of care for issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, birth control and annual checkups.
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"We found that teens exposed to cyber dating abuse were more likely to also experience other forms of physical and sexual dating abuse like being hit, pushed, slapped, choked or otherwise physically hurt by a dating partner," Dick said.
The researchers launched their study to better understand the frequency of cyber dating abuse in teens and its implications.
Evidence has already shown that cyber dating abuse is linked to physical, sexual and psychological abuse, Dick said.
This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said.
The findings were based on surveys of teens who visited northern California school health clinics, and don't hint at how common this kind of abuse among teens is overall.