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NCJ Number: 228115 Find in a Library
Title: Experiences of Psychological and Physical Aggression in Adolescent Romantic Relationships: Links to Psychological Distress
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:451-460
Author(s): Ernest N. Jouriles; Edward Garrido; David Rosenfield; Renee McDonald
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: AA13228
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined links between adolescents’ experiences of psychological and physical relationship aggression and their psychological distress.
Abstract: Findings highlight the importance of considering psychological aggression in research on the psychological consequences of aggression in adolescent romantic relationships; also highlighted is the importance of measuring adolescents’ appraisals of relationship aggression. Results show that adolescents’ experiences of psychological and physical relationship aggression were both positively correlated with adolescents’ psychological distress, although the pattern of correlations was not consistent across different symptoms of psychological distress or the two methods by which relationship aggression was measured (retrospective and cumulative). Psychological aggression, but not physical aggression was uniquely related to psychological distress when both forms of aggression were considered simultaneously in analyses. The pattern emerged across both methods of measuring relationship aggression. These finding regarding psychological aggression are consistent with research on adult women indicating that experiences of psychological aggression may be more detrimental to mental health than experiences of physical aggression. Data were collected from 125 students in grades 9 through 12 during fall and spring semester health classes at 3 public high schools. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Aggression; Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Behavior patterns; Dating Violence; Hostility-crime relationships; Mental health; Peer influences on behavior; Psychological evaluation; Psychological manipulation; Psychosexual behavior; Risk taking behavior; Social psychology; Victim-offender relationships; Violent-nonviolent behavior comparisons
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