Dating violence among emancipating foster youth

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The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has initiated a project to examine the problem of unwanted pregnancy among foster youth.

For example, a 2005 study of 474 teen mothers on public assistance found that of those teens experiencing dating violence, 66 percent experienced birth control sabotage by a partner.Relationship abuse among teens in foster care may contribute to the higher unwanted pregnancy and birth rates among foster youth.Relationship abuse among adolescents, like intimate partner violence among adults, involves a pattern of abusive and controlling behavior towards someone the abuser is dating or seeking to date.In 2006, the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth (the “Midwest Evaluation”), published a study offering an in-depth picture of the reproductive health of youth in foster care.The researchers followed a sample of 767 foster care youth in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin from the ages of 17 or 18 to 26.

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