Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse in the Context of Reproductive Health Care.
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.
Seminars in reproductive medicine
Adolescent; Coercion; Humans; Reproductive Health; Sexual Behavior; Sexual Partners
Coercion; Reproductive Health; Sexual Behavior; Sexual Partners
Ragavan MI, Barral RL, Randell KA. Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse in the Context of Reproductive Health Care. Semin Reprod Med. 2022;40(1-02):146-154. doi:10.1055/s-0041-1741519