By David Lee on August 27, 2009 · tagged as , ,

New Study: Parental Violence and Adolescent Dating Violence New Study: Interparental Conflict & Adolescent Dating Violence

Here is an abstract about a new study examining how violence in parent relationships is linked to teen dating violence.  As we develop prevention programs, practitioners must recognize that some youth are more at risk for violence than others.

The abstract was found in SafetyLit.

Nonviolent Aspects of Interparental Conflict and Dating Violence Among Adolescents.
Tschann JM, Pasch LA, Flores E, VanOss Marin B, Marco Baisch E, Wibbelsman CJ. Journal of Family Issues 2009; 30(3): 295-319.
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X08325010
http://jfi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/30/3/295
(Copyright © 2009, Sage Publications)
This longitudinal study examined whether nonviolent aspects of interparental conflict, in addition to interparental violence, predicted dating violence perpetration and victimization among 150 Mexican American and European American male and female adolescents, ages 16 to 20. When parents had more frequent conflict, were more verbally aggressive during conflict, had poor conflict resolution, or were physically violent during conflict at baseline, adolescents were more involved in dating violence, both perpetration and victimization, at 1-year follow-up. Adolescents’ appraisals of parental conflict and their emotional distress mediated the relationships between nonviolent parental conflict and dating violence. In contrast, interparental violence directly predicted involvement in dating violence. Results provide support for the importance of nonviolent parental conflict as an influence on adolescents’ involvement in dating violence, over and above the influence of interparental violence. Cognitive and emotional processes may help explain the way in which nonviolent aspects of parental conflict influence adolescents’ behavior in romantic relationships.
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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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