Title

Proximal Antecedents to Violent Events in Adolescent Dating Relationships

Publication Title

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Publication Date

2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.3109/01612840.2011.596612

Keywords

proximal antecedents, violent events, adolescent dating relationships

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Abstract

Dating violence affects 25–60% of adolescents. This study developed a typology of proximal antecedents to violent events in adolescent dating relationships. Descriptions of 307 dating violence events were extracted from transcribed interviews with 87 young adults who experienced dating violence as adolescents. Verbatim text preceding the description of each violent event was identified as a proximal antecedent. Cross-case analysis was used to develop a typology of five antecedent categories: “pulling away,” “demanding obedience,” “discovering involvement with a rival,” “defining the relationship,” “demonstrating disrespect.” Practitioners can use this typology to engage teens in discussions of factors that precede dating violence events.