The Temporal Association Between Traditional and Cyber Dating Abuse Among Adolescents
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While research has explored adolescents’ use of technology to perpetrate dating violence, little is known about how traditional in-person and cyber abuse are linked, and no studies have examined their relationship over time. Using our sample of 780 diverse adolescents (58 % female), we found that traditional and cyber abuse were positively associated, and cyber abuse perpetration and victimization were correlated at each time point. Cyber abuse perpetration in the previous year (spring 2013) predicted cyber abuse perpetration 1 year later (spring 2014), while controlling for traditional abuse and demographic variables. In addition, physical violence victimization and cyber abuse perpetration and victimization predicted cyber abuse victimization the following year. These findings highlight the reciprocal nature of cyber abuse and suggest that victims may experience abuse in multiple contexts.
KeywordsDating violence Cyber abuse Adolescents Longitudinal
This research was supported by Award Number K23HD059916 (PI: Temple) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and 2012-WG-BX-0005 (PI: Temple) from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NICHD or NIJ. This work would not have been possible without the permission and assistance of the schools and school districts.
J.T. conceived of and was involved in all aspects of the study; H.C. participated in the analysis, interpretation, and writing; M.B., J.E., G.S., M.P., and C.W. participated in analysis, interpretation, writing, and revision of the manuscript. All authors have reviewed and approve of the original and revised submission.
Conflicts of interest
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
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