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Dating Violence in Adolescence Leads to Lower Earnings

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Abusive relationships have numerous negative side effects for the victim, from emotional trauma to physical injuries. When it comes to young women in abusive relationships, a new study has found that it can also hurt the woman’s future income and education, Sociology Times reports.

According to a Michigan State University study designed to look into the economic effects of dating violence, young women who are abused experience lower earnings later in life and less education. The article suggests that a woman’s education can be hindered because of her partner’s damaging actions, such as “destroying books or homework or causing injuries that prevent her from going to school.”

The study is the first of its kind and was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Adrienne Adams, lead researcher on the study and MSU assistant professor of psychology, told Sociology Times that the study reinforces “the need for programs and efforts to support victims’ education and career development throughout their lives.”

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