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From Early Dating Violence to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Continuity and Sources of Resilience in Adulthood
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    Previous literature has found continuity for intimate partner violence, but little research has explored continuity between dating violence and adult IPV or whether protective factors may attenuate this relationship.


    This research hypothesized a positive relationship between dating violence in early adulthood and later adulthood IPV and that support and attachment would provide buffering and direct protection for this relationship.


    Data from the Rochester Youth Development Study were used to explore these questions through negative binomial regression.


    Dating violence was statistically significantly related to an increase of adult IPV. Family support, parental reports of attachment to the subject, peer support, and parenting-related social support all were protective factors that provided a direct effect for those respondents perpetrating dating violence. None of the protective factors provided buffering protection between dating violence and adult IPV.


    Results confirm significant continuity between dating violence and IPV and that support from peers and family, parenting-related support, parental reports of attachment, protect an individual from continuing to engage in intimate partner violence throughout adulthood. Bolstering these supportive relationships may help provide points of intervention to interrupt the link between early dating violence and later adulthood IPV.

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    R01 CE001572/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS/United States
    R01 DA020195/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    R01 MH056486/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
    R01 MH063386/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
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