Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 467–473 | Cite as

Specificity of Dating Aggression and Its Justification Among High-Risk Adolescents

  • Kenneth A. Chase
  • Dominique Treboux
  • K. Daniel O'Leary
  • Zvi Strassberg


Ninety-five high-risk adolescents were studied to determine whether their dating aggression and its justification as a response to interpersonal problems were specific to the current partner, general to dating relationships, or part of a global age-mate (same-sex peers and opposite-sex dating partners) aggression problem. Approximately one-third of males and two-thirds of females reported physical aggression against their current dating partner. Males' aggression (and its justification) toward their current dating partner was part of a generalized pattern of dating aggression, whereas for females, physical aggression against a current dating partner (and its justification) was partner-specific and unrelated to aggression in other relationships. Findings are discussed with regard to intervention and future research on adolescent dating aggression.

Aggression specificity generality high risk adolescents dating friendships peers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A. Chase
    • 1
  • Dominique Treboux
    • 2
  • K. Daniel O'Leary
    • 2
  • Zvi Strassberg
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of Stony BrookStony Brook
  2. 2.The University of Stony BrookStony Brook

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