Though the rates overall typically increased with age, the findings were consistent across race, ethnicity and income levels.
They found that those who reported higher levels of bullying in the earlier surveys were seven times more likely to report being physically violent in relationships at the conclusion of the study.
The study that is described in the study is about analyzing of the violence in adolescents’ relationships.
During the study, structural equation model that is based upon social cognitive theory was involved, as well as notions of self-efficacy, attitudes and alternative conflict strategies.
About a third of American youths say they have been victims of dating violence, either physically, sexually or psychologically.
But nearly the same amount also said they have been on the offending end, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention on Wednesday.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 individuals between the ages of 14 and 20 and found an overlap between reports of victimization and perpetration.
Of the girls surveyed, 41 percent said they had been victims of dating violence, but 35 percent said they had committed dating violence at some point.
The divide was slightly greater for boys, with 37 percent saying they had been victims of dating violence and 29 percent saying they had been the perpetrator.
"These rates of adolescent dating violence are alarming and suggest that dating violence is simply too common among our youth," said researcher Michele Ybarra, of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, in a statement.
Researchers found that girls were far more likely than boys to report being victims of sexual dating violence, as well as committing physical dating violence.
On the other hand, boys more often said they had committed sexual dating violence.