Aggressive events in adolescent dating violence

Claire Burke Draucker, Donna Martsolf, Pamela Stephenson, Judy Risko, Terri Heckman, Denice Sheehan, Shannon Perkins, Kalisha Washington, Christina Cook, Candice Ferguson

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This purpose of this paper is to present a typology of common aggressive events that occur in the context of adolescent dating violence. The typology is based on 42 transcripts of interviews with young adults, ages 18 to 21, who described dating violence they had experienced when adolescents (ages 1318). One-hundred and eighty-four text units that contained a description of an event involving aggression or violence between the participant and a dating partner were extracted from the transcripts. Cross-case analysis was used to create categories of events that shared similar characteristics. The analysis yielded eight types of aggressive events: (a) tumultuous, (b) explosive, (c) scuffling, (d) violating, (e) threatening, (f) controlling, (g) disparaging, and (h) rejecting, ignoring, or disrespecting. The typology can provide a foundation for further research on adolescent dating violence from a situational perspective and can be used as a tool to promote discussion of dating violence with victimized or at-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-610
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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    Draucker, C. B., Martsolf, D., Stephenson, P., Risko, J., Heckman, T., Sheehan, D., Perkins, S., Washington, K., Cook, C., & Ferguson, C. (2010). Aggressive events in adolescent dating violence. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(9), 599-610.