Cyber Aggression Within Adolescents’ Romantic Relationships: Linkages to Parental and Partner Attachment

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Abstract

Extensive research has examined face-to-face aggression within adolescents’ romantic relationships, but little attention has been given to the role of electronic technologies in adolescents’ perpetuation of these behaviors. Thus, this study examined the relationship of anxious and avoidant partner attachments to partner-directed cyber aggression, assessed 1 year later among 600 adolescents (54 % female). After accounting for gender and previous behaviors, anxious partner attachment was related to later partner-directed cyber aggression. In addition, insecure parental attachment from adolescents’ mothers was related positively to insecure partner attachment and had an indirect effect on their partner-directed cyber aggression through the mediation of anxious partner attachment. This study provides insight into the impact of electronic technologies on adolescents’ romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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