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NCJ Number: 236728 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in Young Adolescents' Relationships: A Path Model
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:February 2008  Pages:189-208
Author(s): Wendy L. Josephson; Jocelyn B. Proulx
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined dating violence of students in seventh to ninth grade in Winnipeg, Canada.
Abstract: A structural equation model based on social cognitive theory was used to predict relationship violence from young adolescents' knowledge, self-efficacy, attitudes, and alternative conflict strategies (n = 143 male and 147 female grade 7-9 students). A direct causal effect was supported for violence-tolerant attitudes and psychologically aggressive (escalation/blame) strategies on physical violence against dating partners and friends. Knowledge and self-efficacy contributed to using reasoning-based strategies, but this reduced violence only in boys' friendships. Knowledge reduced violence-tolerant attitudes, thus reducing escalation/ blame and physical violence. Attitudes toward male and female dating violence (ATMDV and ATFDV) were indicators of general attitudes toward violence among non-dating students but ATFDV affected physical violence and ATMDV affected psychological aggression for both dating boys and girls. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Dating Violence
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Aggression; Attitudes; Canada; Juvenile self concept; Social Learning
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