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Neighborhood Norms, Disadvantage, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration

NCJ Number
Sociological Forum Volume: 34 Issue: 3 Dated: 2019
Date Published
12 pages
Using data from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS ), the current study examined the multilevel association between dating norms and the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) among a large, diverse sample of adolescents and young adults.

Most theoretical treatments of intimate partner violence (IPV ) focus on individual level processes. More recently, scholars have begun to examine the role of macrolevel factors. Results of that research indicate that social ties facilitate the diffusion of cultural normsincluding tolerance of deviance/violenceacross neighborhoods. Yet the influence of the neighborhood normative climate extends beyond norms regarding the use of violence, shaping cultural understanding about dating and the opposite sex. Results of the current study indicate that individuals' liberal dating attitudes are associated with IPV perpetration. Furthermore, this effect varies across levels of neighborhood disadvantage. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019