Peer influences on the dating aggression process among brazilian street youth

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Subtitle: a brief report
Author list: Koller S, Antônio T, Hokoda A
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Publication year: 2012
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 8
Start page: 1579
End page: 1592
Number of pages: 14
ISSN: 0886-2605
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


This study explored risk factors for adolescent dating aggression (ADA) among Brazilian street youth. Forty-three adolescents, between the ages of 13 and 17 years, were recruited at services centers in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Simultaneous multiple regression revealed that ADA was significantly predicted by adolescent dating victimization (ADV), and that this relationship was moderated by peer involvement in dating aggression. Results also revealed that peer involvement in dating aggression did not significantly predict ADA. These findings suggested that having peers who are involved in dating aggression exacerbates the effects of dating victimization on ADA among Brazilian street youth. However, ADV might be a stronger risk factor for dating aggression in this population, because when controlling for the effects of victimization in dating conflicts peer abuse toward romantic partners did not uniquely contribute to ADA.


Adolescents, Aggression, Brazil, Street Youth


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