Adolescents’ Perceptions of Family Violence Risks

John Chapin, Grace Coleman

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Nearly one-third (28.4 %) of adolescents experience some form of physical assault in the home. A survey of 176 adolescents documents optimistic bias; adolescents believe they are less likely than others to become victims of family violence. Elements of the Health Belief Model, perceived susceptibility and perceived severity, predicted optimistic bias. The study also considers the impact vicarious experience through the media on adolescent risk perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-761
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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