Revisiting the Role of Communication in Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence

Adam Messinger, Vaughn Rickert, Deborah Fry, Harriet Lessel, Leslie Davidson

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A growing body of literature suggests that communication strategies can promote or inhibit intimate partner violence (IPV). Research on communication is still needed on a group ripe for early IPV intervention: high school–aged adolescents. This article revisits previous analyses of young female reproductive clinic patients (Messinger, Davidson, & Rickert, 2011) by examining how the adolescent and young adult respondents differ. To explore replicability of the adolescent results across populations, they are compared to 487 adolescent female students sampled from four urban high schools. Across samples, all communication strategies were used more frequently within violent relationships. Multivariate analysis identified escalating strategies used and received as being positively associated with physical violence used and received in all three samples. Regarding verbal reasoning and temporary conflict avoidance, substantial differences appeared between the young adult and adolescent clinic samples, and results from the adolescent clinic sample were largely replicated with the adolescent school sample, suggesting that young adult samples in this literature are not adequate proxies for adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2920-2935
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number14
Early online date4 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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