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ERIC Number: EJ1096043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Love Shouldn't Hurt: What Do African American Maternal Caregivers Tell Their Daughters About Dating Violence?
Corona, Rosalie; Gomes, Melissa M.; Pope, Michell; Shaffer, Carla; Yaros, Anna
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n4 p465-489 May 2016
The healthy messages parents convey to their adolescents about risk behaviors may be related to better adolescent outcomes. Few studies have examined the types of messages or strategies caregivers use to discuss dating violence with their early adolescents. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 20 African American maternal caregivers of early adolescent girls. Interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed, and coded using an emergent process. Themes in dating violence conversations focused on the meaning of love, identifying red flags in relationships, and what to do when involved in a problem dating situation. Caregivers used teachable moments (e.g., watching a TV show) to start conversations, weaved dating violence topics into conversations about other sensitive topics, or included their young daughter in conversations with older siblings. The results of this study highlight strategies that can be implemented in family-based prevention programming and also the importance of helping caregivers communicate their values and expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
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