Violence Exposure and Teen Dating Violence Among African American Youth

Beverly M. Black, Lisa M. Chido, Kathleen M. Preble, Arlene N. Weisz, Jina S. Yoon, Virginia Delaney-Black, Poco Kernsmith, Linda Lewandowski

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This study examines the relationships between exposure to violence in the community, school, and family with dating violence attitudes and behaviors among 175 urban African American youth. Age, gender, state support and experiences with neglect, school violence, and community violence were the most significant predictors of acceptance of dating violence. Experiences with community violence and age were important predictors of dating violence perpetration and victimization. Findings highlight the importance of planning prevention programs that address variables affecting attitudes and behaviors of high-risk youth who have already been exposed to multiple types of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2174-2195
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • child abuse
  • community violence
  • dating violence
  • domestic violence
  • violence exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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