Testing the Cycle of Violence Hypothesis: Child Abuse and Adolescent Dating Violence as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood
Child abuse is an important determinant of future violence perpetration and victimization. Past research examining linkages between child abuse and adult intimate partner violence (IPV) has predominantly focused on married individuals and not considered adolescent dating violence. In the present study, the authors used data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to examine the impact of child abuse and adolescent dating violence on the likelihood of IPV victimization and perpetration in young adulthood. Results indicate that child abuse and adolescent dating violence are highly predictive of young adult IPV, and the relationship is not attenuated by parental or social factors. The interaction of child abuse and adolescent dating violence did not have a significant influence on the likelihood of young adult IPV, suggesting that these factors work independently of each other. Child abuse and adolescent dating violence predicted IPV victimization and perpetration formen and women, but the magnitude of the associations differed by gender. Modified Author Abstract.