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Acceptability of dating violence and expectations of relationship harm among adolescent girls exposed to intimate partner violence
Lee, M. S. ,
DePrince, A. P.,
Chu, A. T.
Year Published: 2016
Psychological Trauma: Theory Research Practice and Policy
American Psychological Association
In this study, the authors explored the acceptability of dating violence and expectations of relationship harm among adolescent girls exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). Female adolescents (n=79) in in the child welfare system self-reported frequency of witnessing IPV in childhood, ambivalent sexism, and acceptability of dating violence. A lexical-decision task was used to assess implicit relationship-to-harm priming, which reflects the degree to which people automatically assume that relationships include harm. Consistent with hypotheses, frequency of witnessing IPV was significantly associated with strength of implicit relationship-to-harm associations, and implicit relationship-to-harm associations and hostile sexism were significantly associated the attitude that dating violence is acceptable. There was a significant indirect effect of witnessing IPV and acceptability of dating violence through relationship-to-harm associations. Modified Author Abstract.