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ERIC Number: EJ788211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Social Support as a Moderator between Dating Violence Victimization and Depression/Anxiety among African American and Caucasian Adolescents
Holt, Melissa K.; Espelage, Dorothy L.
School Psychology Review, v34 n3 p309-328 2005
Victimization in dating relationships was examined among 681 African American and Caucasian adolescents. Specifically, perceived social support was evaluated as a moderator between (a) physical dating violence victimization and anxiety/depression and (b) emotional abuse in dating relationships and anxiety/depression. Youth completed self-report measures of victimization in dating relationships, psychological functioning, and perceived familial and peer social support. Results indicated that 37% reported physical dating violence and 62% reported emotional abuse in dating relationships. Greater physical and emotional dating victimization was associated with more anxiety/depression. Moreover, social support moderated the association between victimization and psychological well-being, particularly for African American males. Findings highlight the powerful influence of perceived social support among adolescent targets of physical violence and emotional abuse in dating relationships. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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