Childhood Predictors of Teen Dating Violence Victimization
Most research on predictors of teen dating violence (TDV) has used cross-sectional data, which weakens predictive modeling and hypothesis testing analyses, say these authors. In the present study, they used prospective and retrospective longitudinal data for a community sample to examine previously identified predictors of TDV victimization and pathways from childhood risk and protection to TDV victimization. The sample consisted of 941 participants in the Raising Healthy Children project; data were collected annually starting in first grade and continuing until participants finished high school. For girls, a multivariate path model indicated that higher levels of bonding to parents and social skills protected against TDV victimization, partly by reducing early adolescent alcohol use. For boys, there was an indirect path from childhood bonding to parents to TDV victimization through early adolescent externalizing behavior. Modified Author Abstract.