MUNCIE, Ind. — A Ball State University study says school nurses need more training, time and private space to help teenage students cope with dating violence.
The study surveyed 348 school nurses nationwide in schools serving kindergarten to 12th grade to discover obstacles to assisting student victims.
The survey found 55 percent of school health professionals reporting they had assisted a victim of adolescent dating violence in the past two years.
The study led by assistant professor of community health education Jagdish Khubchandani found a school nurse is usually the first adult to interact with young students after a violent incident.
Khubchandani says date violence is a problem that only recently received considerable national attention. He says young people often won’t talk to their parents, but feel safe to open up to a school nurse.