Article about dating abuse
Adolescents responded with yes or no to questions about their own behavior in their lifetime (wave 1) and in the past year (wave 2–wave 6).
Four items assessed physical forms of TDV (eg, “I kicked, hit, or punched him/her”) and sexual forms of TDV (eg, “I forced him/her to have sex when he/she didn’t want to”), respectively.
The result is a theoretically informed, empirically based algorithm that can adequately estimate the likelihood of physical and sexual TDV perpetration during vulnerable developmental periods.
These findings can immediately aid emerging preventive initiatives for this increasing public health concern.
METHODS: A total of 1031 diverse public high school students living in Southeast Texas participated in our study (56% female; 29% African American, 28% white, and 31% Hispanic).
This burgeoning area of research now needs to be synthesized so that prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the public health burden of TDV can capitalize on these significant research gains.
Across a number of explanatory models, there is some consensus concerning the developmental underpinnings for TDV perpetration.
Therefore, early childhood adversities may represent a more homogeneous vulnerability for TDV perpetration and function as the best indicators for violent dating behaviors.
Complicating the picture further is the fact that answers to these questions may vary on the basis of demographics (eg, sex, race), perpetration history, and TDV perpetration subtype (eg, physical or sexual forms of violence) because there are few longitudinal studies in which researchers have adequately tested these potential moderating variables.