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.
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.
For example, bullying or peer victimization is most commonly studied in children and adolescents but also takes place between adults.
Although anyone may be victimized, particular groups (e.g.
Findings highlight the powerful influence of perceived social support among adolescent targets of physical violence and emotional abuse in dating relationships.
For all groups, peer aggression decreased from Grade 6 to 12; students in the HVHP group reported the highest peer aggression, and students in the LVLP reported the lowest peer aggression.
Despite evidence documenting the negative consequences, psychological dating violence occurs frequently in adolescent dating relationships.
No information exists on the trajectories that adolescents follow and their association to nonphysical peer violence.
Consequently, those in the field have to rely on an framework to examine the problem of teen dating violence.
However, we find that this adult framework does not take into account key differences between adolescent and adult romantic relationships.