Gender and the transmission of risk: A prospective study of adolescent girls exposed to maternal versus paternal interparental violence


Journal Article

Violence perpetrated by young women typically occurs in close relationships. This study assessed the impact of exposure to interparental violence (IPV) on girls' perpetration of violence within romantic relationships and examined whether this relationship was mediated through sensitivity to interpersonal rejection (RS). Exposure to maternal IPV predicted girls' romantic partner aggression in adolescence and 5 years later in young adulthood. Additionally, girls high on RS were at increased risk of aggression in romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood. RS mediated the relationship between IPV and levels of romantic partner aggression in adolescence, but not into young adulthood. These effects remained stable even when paternal IPV and other forms of parental abuse were controlled. © 2014 Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moretti, MM; Bartolo, T; Craig, S; Slaney, K; Odgers, C

Published Date

  • March 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 80 - 92

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7795

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-8392

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jora.12065

Citation Source

  • Scopus