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Continuation of Dating It Safe: A Longitudinal Study on Teen Dating Violence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $746,181)

The project team is currently conducting a longitudinal study of TDV in a large school-based sample of 1,042 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents from multiple school districts. Participants were recruited and assessed as Freshman/Sophomore high school students in 2010, with follow-up in 2011 and 2012. This study will follow the sample of over 1,000 adolescents/young adults for an additional 3 years (1 assessment per year for 3 years). The specific aims of this project are to 1) Examine the longitudinal course and associations among the different forms of teen dating violence (physical violence, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse) across multiple teen and young adult relationships; 2) Examine the predictors, contexts, and consequences of TDV perpetration and victimization, including the identification of different developmental trajectories of TDV; 3) Examine how gender, age, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity affect the association of predictors of TDV perpetration and victimization; and 4) Test the theory that distal and proximal risk and protective factors from multiple levels of social influence interact to predict TDV over time. By addressing the limitations of previous research, this comprehensive longitudinal study of TDV will be an invaluable addition to the field, and will make lasting contributions to the development of dating violence prevention and intervention programs. Specifically, this study will identify predictors and consequences of TDV, examine the mechanisms and conditions underlying the etiology and course of TDV, and examine TDV across multiple teen and young adult relationships. ca/ncf

Date Created: August 29, 2012