Adult intimate-partner violence and marital abuse have gained more recognition, as seen, especially in the past three decades, in policy, program, and legal responses, and in an extensive research literature base devoted to the problem.Adolescents, by comparison, have been long overlooked as a population that suffers from relationship abuse.

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Overall, men and women who have used online dating tend to have similar views of the pros and cons – with one major exception relating to personal safety.

Some 53% of women who have used online dating agree that it is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people, substantially higher than the 38% of male online daters who agree with this statement.

As was the case in previous Pew Research Center surveys of online dating, college graduates and the relatively affluent are especially likely to know people who use online dating or to know people who have entered into a relationship that began online.

Nearly six-in-ten college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.

By working with and engaging youth, the project will be able to gain a better understanding of adolescent relationships, as well as gender, race, ethnic, geographic, sexual orientation, and disability differences.

The Working Group hopes the concept maps will help to determine differences or similarities in how adolescents and adults view relationship abuse, as well as the value that adolescents place on relationship characteristics.Although there is research on rates of crime and victimization related to teen dating violence, research that examines the problem from a longitudinal perspective and considers the dynamics and perceptions of teen romantic relationships is lacking.Consequently, those in the field have to rely on an framework to examine the problem of teen dating violence.Violence in teen dating relationships is alarmingly commonplace.It occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships and cuts across racial/ethnic and socio economic lines.By comparison, just 25% of those with a high school diploma or less know someone who uses online dating – and just 18% know someone who has entered into a long-term relationship with someone they met this way.