Proximal antecedents to violent events in adolescent dating relationships

Pamela S. Stephenson, Donna S. Martsolf, Claire Burke Draucker

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Dating violence affects 2560% of adolescents. This study developed a typology of proximal antecedents to violent events in adolescent dating relationships. Descriptions of 307 dating violence events were extracted from transcribed interviews with 87 young adults who experienced dating violence as adolescents. Verbatim text preceding the description of each violent event was identified as a proximal antecedent. Cross-case analysis was used to develop a typology of five antecedent categories: "pulling away," "demanding obedience," "discovering involvement with a rival," "defining the relationship," "demonstrating disrespect." Practitioners can use this typology to engage teens in discussions of factors that precede dating violence events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-677
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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