An Examination of the Link Between Youth Violence and Violence Directed to Adult Partners

Todd I. Herrenkohl, University of Washington
Rick Kosterman, Social Development Research Group
J. David Hawkins, University of Washington

Research has shown that individuals who commit violent acts at one point in development are at higher risk than are others for violence perpetrated later in development. Several studies have now examined the continuation of violent behavior from early childhood to adolescdence. However, few studies have focused on the continuation of violence from adolescence to early adulthood. This study will examine the relation between violent behavior in adolescence (ages 13-18) and later violence will directed to an adult partner (at age 24). The study also will analyze social development factors that facilitate or interrupt this link. Both bivariate and multivariate models will be used. Data in the study are from the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP). SSDP is a longitudinal study of youth development ad behavior that has followed prospetively a panel of Seattle public school students from age 10 to 24. Implications for the development of intervention programs will be addressed.

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