Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents

Jeffrey Temple, Hye Jeong Choi, Jo Anna Elmquist, Michael Hecht, Michelle Miller-Day, Gregory L. Stuart, Meagan Brem, Caitlin Wolford-Clevenger

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Purpose: Existing literature indicates that acceptance of dating violence is a significant and robust risk factor for psychological dating abuse perpetration. Past work also indicates a significant relationship between psychological dating abuse perpetration and poor mental health. However, no known research has examined the relationship between acceptance of dating violence, perpetration of dating abuse, and mental health. In addition to exploring this complex relationship, the present study examines whether psychological abuse perpetration mediates the relationship between acceptance of dating violence and mental health (i.e., internalizing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and hostility). Methods: Three waves of longitudinal data were obtained from 1,042 ethnically diverse high school students in Texas. Participants completed assessments of psychological dating abuse perpetration, acceptance of dating violence, and internalizing symptoms (hostility and symptoms of anxiety and depression). Results: As predicted, results indicated that perpetration of psychological abuse was significantly associated with acceptance of dating violence and all internalizing symptoms. Furthermore, psychological abuse mediated the relationship between acceptance of dating violence and internalizing symptoms. Conclusions: Findings from the present study suggest that acceptance of dating violence is an important target for the prevention of dating violence and related emotional distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
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StateAccepted/In press - Aug 13 2015

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Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Adolescents
  • Dating violence
  • Longitudinal
  • Mental health
  • Psychological abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Temple, J., Choi, H. J., Elmquist, J. A., Hecht, M., Miller-Day, M., Stuart, G. L., ... Wolford-Clevenger, C. (Accepted/In press). Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.03.034

Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents. / Temple, Jeffrey; Choi, Hye Jeong; Elmquist, Jo Anna; Hecht, Michael; Miller-Day, Michelle; Stuart, Gregory L.; Brem, Meagan; Wolford-Clevenger, Caitlin.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health, 13.08.2015.

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Temple, Jeffrey ; Choi, Hye Jeong ; Elmquist, Jo Anna ; Hecht, Michael ; Miller-Day, Michelle ; Stuart, Gregory L. ; Brem, Meagan ; Wolford-Clevenger, Caitlin. / Psychological Abuse, Mental Health, and Acceptance of Dating Violence Among Adolescents. In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 2015.
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