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Relations among Romantic Myths, Offline Dating Violence Victimization and Cyber Dating Violence Victimization in Adolescents

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Faculty of Psychology, Department of Social Psychology, University of Valencia, Avda. Blasco Ibáñez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Valencian International University-VIU, Calle Pintor Sorolla 21, 46002 Valencia, Spain
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Faculty of Education, International University of la Rioja (UNIR), Avenida de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1551; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051551
Received: 29 January 2020 / Revised: 25 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 28 February 2020
Cyber dating violence is an increasing problem with serious negative consequences for adolescents. Further knowledge about related variables is necessary to develop preventive strategies. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlations among cyber dating violence victimization (cyber-control and cyber-aggression), offline dating violence victimization (physical, verbal–emotional, and relational) and adolescents’ beliefs in myths of romantic love; and to examine possible differences in cyber-control victimization, cyber-aggression victimization and offline dating violence victimization (relational, physical and verbal–emotional) according to adolescents’ levels of belief (low vs. high) in myths of romantic love. The role of offline dating violence victimization (physical, verbal–emotional and relational) and romantic myths as predictor variables of cyber-control and cyber-aggression victimization was also explored. All these analyses were carried out separately with boys and girls. Of an initial sample of 919 adolescents, those who have had a dating relationship in the past year (492 adolescents, M = 15.10, SD = 1.59) were included. The regression analyses revealed that offline dating violence victimization and romantic myths were significant predictors of cyber-control and cyber-aggression victimization for both boys and girls, but explained variance was higher for girls. Verbal–emotional offline dating violence victimization was the main predictor of cyber-control victimization, and physical and relational offline dating violence victimizations were the main predictors of cyber-aggression victimization. These results can be useful for developing more effective offline and cyber dating violence prevention programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyber dating violence; victimization; romantic myths; offline dating violence; gender analysis; adolescents cyber dating violence; victimization; romantic myths; offline dating violence; gender analysis; adolescents
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Cava, M.-J.; Buelga, S.; Carrascosa, L.; Ortega-Barón, J. Relations among Romantic Myths, Offline Dating Violence Victimization and Cyber Dating Violence Victimization in Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1551. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051551

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Cava M-J, Buelga S, Carrascosa L, Ortega-Barón J. Relations among Romantic Myths, Offline Dating Violence Victimization and Cyber Dating Violence Victimization in Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1551. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051551

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Cava, María-Jesús; Buelga, Sofía; Carrascosa, Laura; Ortega-Barón, Jessica. 2020. "Relations among Romantic Myths, Offline Dating Violence Victimization and Cyber Dating Violence Victimization in Adolescents" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 5: 1551. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051551

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