Youth Experiences of Family Violence and Teen Dating Violence Perpetration: Cognitive and Emotional Mediators

  • Ernest N. Jouriles
  • Renee McDonald
  • Victoria Mueller
  • John H. Grych


This article describes a conceptual model of cognitive and emotional processes proposed to mediate the relation between youth exposure to family violence and teen dating violence perpetration. Explicit beliefs about violence, internal knowledge structures, and executive functioning are hypothesized as cognitive mediators, and their potential influences upon one another are described. Theory and research on the role of emotions and emotional processes in the relation between youths’ exposure to family violence and teen dating violence perpetration are also reviewed. We present an integrated model that highlights how emotions and emotional processes work in tandem with hypothesized cognitive mediators to predict teen dating violence.


Teen dating violence Explicit beliefs about violence Internal knowledge structures Family violence 



This research was supported by Centers for Disease Control grant R01 CE001432, awarded to Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest N. Jouriles
    • 1
  • Renee McDonald
    • 1
  • Victoria Mueller
    • 1
  • John H. Grych
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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