Adolescent Dating Violence in Context: Introduction and Overview
This author introduces the first part of a two-part special issue featuring new directions in research on adolescent dating violence. The articles in this issue focus on the theme of contextual factors that increase the risk of intimate partner aggression in the teenage years. Contextual factors of interest to the contributors include exposure to violence in the media, ethnic diversity, gender dynamics, affective meaning, and psychiatric institutionalization. Taken together, the work presented in this special issue helps to shed new light on the origins and developmental processes underlying dating violence perpetration and victimization, and to suggest new directions for enhancing the effectiveness of intervention and prevention efforts. Modified Author Abstract.