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Examining the Link Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Dating Aggression Perpetration

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This study examined the role of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms with respect to dating aggression perpetration among a sample of 199 undergraduates. Almost one-third of the overall sample reported physical dating aggression perpetration in the past year, and approximately 80% reported engaging in psychological dating aggression. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analyses indicated that the effects of trauma exposure on dating aggression were fully indirect via PTSD symptoms. PTSD symptoms were associated with psychological dating aggression in part through its association with anger, and alcohol problems were also directly related to this outcome. Results generalize findings from other populations suggesting the salience of trauma and PTSD symptoms in intimate relationship aggression and point to possible etiological pathways for these associations.
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Keywords: DATING AGGRESSION; PHYSICAL AGGRESSION; PSYCHOLOGICAL AGGRESSION; PTSD

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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