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Is Adolescent Sibling Violence a Precursor to College Dating Violence?

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Objective: To determine whether experiencing sibling violence in adolescence is a significant predictor for later dating violence. The influence of parent-to-child and parent-to-parent violence is also explored. Methods: A modified version of the CTS2 was administered to community college students. The survey instrument used the CTS2 psychological and physical assault subscales. Results: Adolescent sibling violence was a predictor for college dating violence. Males reported experiencing more sibling violence than females did, but females reported experiencing more dating violence, both as perpetrators and victims. Conclusion: Further research is needed to improve understanding of the reasons for and the long-term consequences of sibling violence.

Keywords: conflict tactics scales; dating violence; sibling violence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance, Department of Health Science Education, Gainesville, FL. 2: University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, Tampa, FL. 3: University of Florida, College of Education, Gainesville, FL.

Publication date: 2004-04-01

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