The Temporal Association Between Traditional and Cyber Dating Abuse Among Adolescents

Jeff R. Temple, Hye Jeong Choi, Meagan Brem, Caitlin Wolford-Clevenger, Gregory L. Stuart, Melissa Fleschler Peskin, Jo Anna Elmquist

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    While research has explored adolescents’ use of technology to perpetrate dating violence, little is known about how traditional in-person and cyber abuse are linked, and no studies have examined their relationship over time. Using our sample of 780 diverse adolescents (58 % female), we found that traditional and cyber abuse were positively associated, and cyber abuse perpetration and victimization were correlated at each time point. Cyber abuse perpetration in the previous year (spring 2013) predicted cyber abuse perpetration 1 year later (spring 2014), while controlling for traditional abuse and demographic variables. In addition, physical violence victimization and cyber abuse perpetration and victimization predicted cyber abuse victimization the following year. These findings highlight the reciprocal nature of cyber abuse and suggest that victims may experience abuse in multiple contexts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)340-349
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


    • Adolescents
    • Cyber abuse
    • Dating violence
    • Longitudinal

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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