Prior to 2013, students were asked, “During the past 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend ever hit, slap, or physically hurt you on purpose?”
In 2013, the question was changed to, “During the past 12 months, how many times did someone you were dating or going out with physically hurt you on purpose? (Count such things as being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon.)” Students who answered that they did not date in the past 12 months were excluded from the population for the proportion.
Some states are not included in the national estimates because they did not participate in the YRBS. Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington have never participated in the YRBS. Other states have participated in the YRBS, but not every year. Information on which states did not participate in the YRBS each year is available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2017/2017_hs_participation_history.pdf.
Child Trends. (2018). Dating Violence. Retrieved from https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/dating-violence.
1. Zweig, J. M., Dank, M., Yahner, J., & Lachman, P. (2013). The rate of cyber dating abuse among teens and how it relates to other forms of teen dating violence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(7), 1063–1077.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2016). 1991–2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Accessed on 3/24/2017. Retrieved from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline.
3. Hispanic students may be of any race.