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Teen Dating Violence Perpetration: Protective Factor Trajectories from Middle to High School among Adolescents

NCJ Number
Journal of Research on Adolescence Volume: 30 Issue: 1 Dated: 2020 Pages: 170-188
Date Published
19 pages

Since protecting adolescents from the risk of teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration is critical to enhancing prevention efforts, this study examined longitudinal trajectories of four protective factors (i.e., empathy, social support, parental monitoring, and school belonging) across adolescence in relation to four TDV types (i.e., verbal, relational, physical, and sexual).


Adolescents (n = 1,668) who reported being in a relationship or dating during high school completed self-report measures from middle through high school. Results indicated that all protective factors differentiated between TDV perpetrators and non-perpetrators, although these trajectories varied for boys and for girls and across the different types of TDV. Overall, youth who did not perpetrate TDV in high school generally displayed higher protective factors across the TDV perpetration types. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2020