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An Exploratory Study of Teen Dating Violence in Sexual Minority Youth

Show simple item record Reuter, Tyson R. 2019-02-05T19:45:43Z 2019-02-05T19:45:43Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Reuter, Tyson R. (2015). An Exploratory Study of Teen Dating Violence in Sexual Minority Youth. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Houston, Houston, TX. en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: Teen dating violence (TDV) represents a serious social problem in adolescence and is associated with a host of physical and emotional consequences. Despite advances in identification of risk factors, prevention efforts, and treatment, the TDV literature has overwhelmingly used samples that do not assess sexual orientation or assume heterosexuality. Although a few studies have explicitly examined dating violence among sexual minorities in adolescents, methodological issues limit the generalizability of these findings, and no study to date has examined patterns of dating violence over time in sexual minority youth. Method: An ethnically diverse sample of 782 adolescents completed self-report measures of dating violence, hostility, alcohol use, exposure to interparental violence, and sexual orientation. Results: Sexual minority adolescents reported higher rates of both TDV perpetration and victimization, and this finding persisted across 2 years for perpetration but not victimization. Findings also revealed that traditional risk factors of TDV (i.e., alcohol use, exposure to interparental violence) were not associated with TDV for sexual minority youth, although sexual orientation itself emerged as a risk factor over and above covariates when considering severe (i.e., physical and sexual) dating violence perpetration. Conclusions: Sexual minorities may be at a greater risk for TDV than their heterosexual peers. Findings are discussed within the context of a minority stress model. Future research is needed to parse out factors specifically related to sexual orientation from a stressful or invalidating environment. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Houston en_US
dc.subject Intimate partner violence en_US
dc.subject LGBTQ en_US
dc.subject date rape en_US
dc.subject sexual assault en_US
dc.subject physical abuse en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title An Exploratory Study of Teen Dating Violence in Sexual Minority Youth en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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