Nonviolent Aspects of Interparental Conflict and Dating Violence Among Adolescents
In this longitudinal study, the authors examined whether nonviolent aspects of interparental conflict, in addition to interparental violence, predicted dating violence perpetration and victimization among 150 Mexican American and European American male and female adolescents (ages 16 to 20). When parents had more frequent conflict, were more verbally aggressive during conflict, had poor conflict resolution, or were physically violent during conflict at baseline, adolescents were more involved in dating violence, both perpetration and victimization, at 1-year follow-up. Adolescents' appraisals of parental conflict and their emotional distress mediated the relationships between nonviolent parental conflict and dating violence. In contrast, interparental violence directly predicted involvement in dating violence. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for violence prevention programs and for future research in this area. Modified Author Abstract.