Title

Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse in the Context of Reproductive Health Care.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2022

Identifier

DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1741519

Abstract

Adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is a significant public health issue that includes physical, sexual, psychological and cyber abuse, reproductive coercion, and/or sexual exploitation within an intimate relationship in which one or both partners is a minor. ARA is associated with numerous negative outcomes that include all domains of health. Many negative outcomes of ARA are related to reproductive and sexual health (RSH); thus, reproductive health care providers must be equipped to recognize and address ARA. This article will review the epidemiology and outcomes of ARA, followed by a discussion of means to robustly address ARA in health care settings. We recommend a strengths-based approach that promotes healthy adolescent relationships, connects adolescents experiencing ARA to harm reduction resources, and equips adolescents to serve as a resource for their peers.

Journal Title

Seminars in reproductive medicine

Volume

40

Issue

1-02

First Page

146

Last Page

154

MeSH Keywords

Adolescent; Coercion; Humans; Reproductive Health; Sexual Behavior; Sexual Partners

Keywords

Coercion; Reproductive Health; Sexual Behavior; Sexual Partners

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