Poor parenting and antisocial behavior among homeless young adults: Links to dating violence perpetration and victimization

Kimberly A. Tyler, Lisa A. Melander

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Abstract

Though research has examined risk factors associated with street victimization among homeless young people, little is known about dating violence experiences among this group. Given homeless youths' elevated rates of child maltreatment, it is likely that they are at high risk for dating violence. As such, the current study examined the association between child maltreatment and parental warmth with dating violence perpetration and victimization through substance use and delinquency among a sample of 172 homeless males and females. Results from path analysis revealed that physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect were all significant correlates of both substance use and delinquency, whereas lack of parental warmth was only associated with substance use. Neglect and substance use had direct effects on dating violence and substance use and was found to mediate the relationship between physical abuse and dating violence. Finally, females, older youth, and non-Whites had significantly higher levels of dating violence compared with their counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1373
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Child abuse
  • Dating violence
  • Homeless young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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