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Prevalence and Correlates of Psychological Aggression in Male and Female College Students From Mainland China: An Exploratory Study

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Using data from 209 college students from 2 universities in Mainland China, the prevalence and correlates of psychological aggression perpetration for men and women were examined. Results indicated that 82.8% of men and 90.4% of women had committed at least one act of psychological aggression against his or her current romantic partner over the course of their relationship. Being a victim of physical assault from his partner and higher levels of stress were associated with men's perpetration of psychological aggression. For women, physical assault victimization, greater alcohol use, and higher levels of shame were all related to psychological aggression perpetration. The results suggest the need for additional research to understand the development of psychological aggression within this population and to further adapt and refine intervention programs to reduce such violence.
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Keywords: DATING VIOLENCE; MAINLAND CHINA; PERPETRATION; PSYCHOLOGICAL AGGRESSION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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