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John H. Grych

Biography

America Davila is a junior majoring in psychology and criminology & law studies. America is on the Dean’s Honors List. She enjoys watching criminal shows and playing instruments. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

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Recently, intimate partner violence (IPV) has gained considerable attention as a significant social and public health problem affecting not only adults but also adolescents. Based on Bandura’s social learning theory, considerable research has supported a significant link between growing up in a violent home (DV) and youth dating violence. Expanding on previous studies, we explored the cycle of IPV victimization using a sample of 1,067 adolescents (ages 18-25). We examined whether parental support, dating attitudes, and self-esteem are risk and protective factors of receiving dating aggression. The findings indicate that exposure to aggression in the family, low self-esteem, and the acceptance of dating aggression are significant risk factors while high self-esteem and paternal support appear to protect adolescents from the cycle of IPV victimization.


Breaking the Cycle: An Examination of Environmental, Cognitive, and Emotional Factors of Intimate Partner Violence Victimization in Adolescence by America Davila is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Publication Date

Fall 2014

Keywords

intimate partner violence, parent-child conflict, teen dating violence, parental support, self-esteem, acceptance of dating aggression, victimization

Disciplines

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Psychology

America Davila - Breaking the Cycle: An Examination of Environmental, Cognitive, and Emotional Factors of Intimate Partner Violence Victimization in Adolescence

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