Several important themes emerged: Seven stages of dating consistently described the relationships of female adolescents.
A circle consisting of two interacting same sex peer groups provided structure for each teen as they navigated the dating course.
This suggests that teens might view these acts and their response as a normal part of teen life.
Research suggests that teens may have difficulty identifying violence when it occurs within their own lives.
One study reported an increased incidence of actual physical violence compared to verbal threats of violence in adolescent relationships.