Year: 1999 Source: Pediatrics, v.104, no.6, (December 1999), p.1286-1292 SIEC No: 20020698

This study examines whether gender-specific patterns of risk behaviours exist among adolescents who report date fighting. Females who reported date fighting were more likely than nonfighters to have attempted suicide, to engage in sexual & HIV risk behaviours (use of IV drugs), to have been pregnant, experienced forced sex, & to have ridden in a car with a drinking driver. Sexual behaviours, including same-gender sexual partners, forced sex, & having been threatened with physical violence, were associated with date fighting among males. (47 refs.)