Psychological aggression perpetration among dating college students: the interplay of societal, parental and personal factors

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2015
Toplu Demirtaş, Ezgi
The aim of the current study is to investigate the role of personal cognitive (acceptance of psychological aggression and sexist beliefs) factors as mediators of the relationship between societal (patriarchy and gender socialization), perceived parental (witnessing interparental psychological aggression) factors and psychological aggression perpetration among dating college students. The sample of the study was composed of 1015 dating college students from private and public universities in Ankara. Turkish versions of Multidimensional Measure of Emotional Abuse, Sex Role Stereotyping Scale, Socialization of Gender Norms Scale, Conflict Tactics Scales–Adult Recall Version, Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale-Revised, Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, and Demographic Information Form were used to gather data. A multi-sample structural equation modeling (SEM) was used primarily to test the proposed model. The results of multi-sample SEM revealed that the proposed model did not vary according to gender and the model explained 31% of the variance in psychological dating aggression perpetration. In general, the associations between patriarchy, gender socialization, witnessing mother to father psychological aggression and psychological dating aggression perpetration were partially mediated by acceptance of psychological aggression. Consequently, findings supported the significance of societal, perceived parental, and personal cognitive variables in psychological dating aggression perpetration. The theoretical and practical implications were discussed along with the recommendations for future research.

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E. Toplu Demirtaş, “Psychological aggression perpetration among dating college students: the interplay of societal, parental and personal factors,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.