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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
School and Community Characteristics Related to Dating Violence Victimization Among High School Youth

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Dating violence (DV) victimization is a public health concern in the United States that impacts one in ten high school youth annually (Khan et al., 2014) and leads to a host of negative consequences for both victims and society (Banyard & Cross, 2008; Silverman, Raj, Mucci, & Hathaway, 2001). Thus, it is important that researchers examine factors that increase risk and protective factors for experiencing DV as a victim. This type of research can be leveraged to create evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts. To date, researchers have primarily focused on individual (e.g., attitudes toward violence) and relational (e.g., marital satisfaction) factors as correlates and predictors of DV victimization and perpetration experiences (e.g., McKenry, Julian, & Gavazzi, 1995; Stith, & Farley, 1993). Far less research has examined school and community characteristics that may serve as risk or protective factors for DV experiences, which is critical to creating effective multi-level prevention and intervention efforts. The researchers examined school and community characteristics related to dating violence (DV) victimization among high school youth (N = 25,693; 49.2% boys and 50.8% girls) using data obtained from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey in New Hampshire and U.S. Census data. Controlling for relevant demographic variables (e.g., age, gender, race), physical DV victimization was related to higher school-level poverty rates and youth feeling low levels of importance to their community. Sexual DV victimization was related to youth feeling low levels of importance to their community as well as participating in community groups. These findings highlight the importance of examining risk and protective factors for DV victimization at the outer realms of the social ecology. Further, prevention and intervention efforts would likely be enhanced by considering community and school factors that impact risk for DV among DV victims.


Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redwood