Predicting Intimate Partner Violence for At-Risk Young Adults and Their Romantic Partners
This research moves beyond over-simplistic single cause explanations to test multiple cause and developmental pathways to IPV from childhood to young adulthood. Testing such questions can help clarify the complex etiology of IPV. This work increases our understanding of developmental risks and pathways to multiple types of IPV (e.g., physical, sexual, verbal abuse) and provides key information for the development of effective IPV prevention programs. Specifying the predictors and pathways (mediators) over time to IPV in prospective longitudinal data sets yields specific behavioral targets for prevention programs and informs the developmental timing and tailoring of interventions for various public health problems, including IPV.
The research purpose of this project was to advance the scientific understanding of predictors to and risk factors for IPV in young adulthood through the utilization of a data set that combines (a) strong developmental and dyadic theory; (b) information on both men and women; (c) multimethod/informant longitudinal assessment of family, peer, couple, and adjustment factors across childhood, adolescence, young adulthood; (d) several types of IPV as well as IPV-related injuries; and (e) cutting-edge data analytic techniques.