Research suggests that polyvictimization, or exposure to multiple types of victimization, has significant negative consequences for adolescents. Given emphasis on peer and dating relationships in adolescence, as well as changing ways that aggression manifests online, multiple types of peer victimization across physical and digital spaces may be especially consequential for teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration. Recent data on 5,647 adolescents is used to examine the relationship between peer polyvictimization and three forms of TDV. Negative binomial regression models are leveraged to assess the relationship between polyvictimization and each form of TDV. The results indicate that peer polyvictimization is associated with an increase in all types of TDV, while experiences of especially high polyvictimization are particularly related to increased risk for TDV perpetration. Prevention and intervention strategies for TDV may benefit from identifying those at greatest risk for peer abuse across social relationships and both on- and offline domains.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science