Middle school dating violence

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This longitudinal study tested whether sexual harassment perpetration mediates the relationship between bullying perpetration and teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration and tested moderated mediation by assessing whether the developmental pathway varies by gender among middle school-aged youth.

This inquiry hinges on the premise that gender, sexual harassment, and TDV behaviors likely have differing etiologies, risk factors, and consequences—and that the behaviors are enacted differently—).The data were collected from one cohort of seventh grade middle school students ( = 612) from four schools.Students were surveyed every 6 months during seventh and eighth grades for a total of four waves of data collection.Of these students, parental permission for participation was obtained from a total of 808 students (53 % of those eligible), and 754 students (50 % of those eligible) completed the baseline survey.The cohort of students was surveyed every 6 months—beginning in fall of their seventh grade year and concluding in the spring of their eighth grade year—for a total of four waves of data collection during the 2010–20–2012 academic school years.

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