The current study uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and event history analysis to explore whether youth victims form precocious coresidential unions (a) because they begin dating at earlier ages than nonvictimized peers, (b) because their relationships progress at an elevated speed, moving swiftly from dating to cohabitation (or marriage), or (c) both (early debut and fast progression).
We add to the “precocious exits” literature by explicating the processes driving early union formation among victims of violence in adolescence.
a marriage in which the partners are initially in love, spend time together, and have a satisfying sex life but in time find they are staying together out of duty.
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Youth violent victimization (YVV) has been linked to precocious exits from adolescence and premature entries into adulthood.
This includes early entry into coresidential romantic unions, which is but one stage of a relationship sequence generally beginning via dating debut.
The first time I went out with my Danish roommate, Michael, he got very upset when I jaywalked and made me promise not to do it again while I was in Denmark.