Campus Units

Human Development and Family Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

1-9-2017

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Child and Family Studies

First Page

1

Last Page

11

DOI

10.1007/s10826-016-0650-z

Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) among African Americans is a serious public health concern. Research suggest that African Americans adolescents, particularly those from economically disadvantaged communities, are at heightened risk for experiencing and perpetrating dating violence compared to youth from other racial and ethnic groups. In the present study, we examined different relationship contexts that are sources of IPV socialization. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 economically disadvantaged African American adolescents. Content analysis yielded five relationship contexts through which the participants witnessed, experienced, and perpetrated IPV: (a) adolescents’ own dating relationships (64%), (b) siblings and extended family members (e.g., cousins, aunts, uncles) (59%), (c) parent-partners (27%), (d) friends (23%), and (e) neighbors (18%). Adolescents also frequently described IPV in their own dating relationships and in parent-partner relationships as mutual. Moreover, they appeared to minimize the experience of IPV in their own relationships. Efforts to reduce rates of IPV among economically disadvantaged African American adolescents should consider these relational contexts through which adolescents are socialized with regards to IPV and adolescents’ beliefs about mutual violence in relationships. Results highlight the importance of culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that consider these relationship contexts.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article Journal of Child and Family Studies, January 2017, 1-11, The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/ s10826-016-0650-z. Posted with permission..

Copyright Owner

Springer Science+Business Media New York

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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