Reactions to Dating Violence Among Latino Teenagers

An Experiment Utilizing the Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations Paradigm

Published in: Journal of Adolescence, v. 30, No. 6, Dec. 2007, p. 893-915

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2006

by Nadine Rayburn, Lisa H. Jaycox, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Emilio C Ulloa, Megan Zander Cotugno, Grant N. Marshall, Gene A Shelley

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Dating violence is a serious problem among adolescents and young adults. Understanding teens' reactions to dating violence offers the potential to understand the factors that lead to perpetration of violent behavior and to elucidate prevention strategies. Knowledge concerning youth attitudes about dating violence is limited, and has largely come from self-report questionnaires to date. The authors utilized the Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations (ATSS) paradigm to assessing Latino teens' reactions to dating violence. Forty-one 9th grade students were presented with four simulated dating violence scenarios, and articulated their thoughts in response to them. Teens' reactions to dating violence differed on a variety of dimensions as a function of their gender, the gender of the perpetrator, and familiarity with the perpetrator.

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