The Relationship Between Social Support and Adolescent Dating Violence: A Comparison Across Genders
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Citation of Original PublicationRichards, T. N., & Branch, K. A. (2011). The Relationship Between Social Support and Adolescent Dating Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(8), 1540-1561.
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Although much research has focused on the function of social support in adult intimate partner violence, little is known about the role of social support in adolescent dating violence. This study is an exploratory analysis of the independent impact of social support from friends and family on the risk of adolescent dating violence perpetration and victimization among a large sample of youth (n = 970). Approximately, 21% of the sample reported experiencing victimization in a dating relationship whereas 23% indicated perpetrating dating violence. Male youth reported significantly more involvement in dating violence as both perpetrators and victims. Negative binomial regression modeling indicated that increased levels of support from friends was associ- ated with significantly less dating violence perpetration and victimization; however, when gendered models were explored, the protective role of social support was only maintained for female youth. Family support was not sig- nificantly related to dating violence in any model. Implications for dating violence curriculum and future research are addressed.
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