Gender and Intimate Partner Violence Among African American Youths

Jody Miller, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Toya Z. Like, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Norman A. White, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Based on surveys and in-depth interviews with approximately 100 African American youths, this paper examines both the prevalence and nature of violence in adolescent intimate partner relationships. We describe the contexts in which violence occurs, as well as young women and young men's attitudes and responses to intimate partner violence. The sample includes both young women and young men from three categories: serious, violent or chronic offenders; at-risk youths who are not serious offenders, and youths nominated by teachers as "resilient." Implications of the research for prevention and intervention efforts will be discussed.

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