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Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents

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dc.contributor.author Temple, Jeff R. ; Choi, Hye Jeong ;, Elmquist, JoAnna ; Hecht, Michael ; Miller-Day, Michelle ; Stuart, Gregory. L. ; Brem, Meagan ; Wolford-Clevenger, Caitlin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-30T15:21:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-30T15:21:51Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Temple, Jeff R. ; Choi, Hye Jeong ;, Elmquist, JoAnna ; Hecht, Michael ; Miller-Day, Michelle ; Stuart, Gregory. L. ; Brem, Meagan ; Wolford-Clevenger, Caitlin. (2016). Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents. The Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(2), 197-202. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4958527/pdf/nihms776575.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2964
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Existing literature indicates that acceptance of dating violence is a significant and robust risk factor for psychological dating abuse perpetration. Past work also indicates a significant relationship between psychological dating abuse perpetration and poor mental health. However, no known research has examined the relationship between acceptance of dating violence, perpetration of dating abuse, and mental health. In addition to exploring this complex relationship, the current study examines whether psychological abuse perpetration mediates the relationship between acceptance of dating violence and mental health (i.e., internalizing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and hostility). Methods: Three waves of longitudinal data were obtained from 1,042 ethnically diverse high school students in Texas. Participants completed assessments of psychological dating abuse perpetration, acceptance of dating violence, and internalizing symptoms (hostility, and symptoms of anxiety and depression). Results: As predicted, results indicated that perpetration of psychological abuse was significantly associated with acceptance of dating violence and all internalizing symptoms. Furthermore, psychological abuse mediated the relationship between acceptance of dating violence and internalizing symptoms. Conclusions: Findings from the current study suggest that acceptance of dating violence is an important target for the prevention of dating violence and related emotional distress. Implications and Contribution: Study findings indicate that perpetration of psychological abuse is significantly associated with acceptance of dating violence and select mental health variables (i.e., anxiety, depression, hostility). Moreover, psychological abuse perpetration mediated the relationship between acceptance of dating violence and internalizing symptoms. To be effective in preventing mental health problems, interventions may benefit from targeting acceptance and perpetration of dating violence. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Journal of Adolescent Health en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject teens en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject intimate partner violence en_US
dc.subject psychological effects en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject en_US
dc.subject en_US
dc.title Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents en_US
dc.type article en_US


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