Say No to Control? Most Young Women Can’t


Young women age 15-24 are exposed to increased risk for physical and sexual domestic violence if they have controlling partners, found researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, published in the April issue of the JAMA journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, after surveying 600 women aged 15 to 24 who were patients at a reproductive health center.

An especially vulnerable population, researchers said, young women were more apt to enter controlling relationships if they were between the ages of 15 to 18, had been pregnant at least once, or were Hispanic, among other causes. Controlling relationships included having to ask partner’s permission to see friends or family and before seeking health care.

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