The role of dating violence and relationship characteristics in post-relationship pursuit Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Singer, Amanda L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The purpose of this study is to examine the associations between relationship characteristics, dating violence, and post-relationship pursuit to better understand the role relationship characteristics and dating violence play in predicting the level of violence following relationship termination. The participants were 335 undergraduate students. Participants completed measures of dating violence, post-relationship pursuit, personality and relationship factors, and relationship investment. Dating violence was expected to predict post-relationship pursuit. Relationship characteristics including length, intimacy, jealousy, investment in the relationship, relationship commitment, and low anger management for offenders were hypothesized to predict post-relationship pursuit even after the variance associated with dating violence was controlled for. Findings indicate that relationship characteristics, particularly investment, predict nonsevere and severe post-relationship pursuit, especially for women. Assault, injury, and sexual coercion during a relationship predict severe post-relationship pursuit, especially for men. Sexual coercion during a relationship and dominance predict Ambiguous post-relationship pursuit following the relationship’s termination. These findings suggest that although dating violence plays a significant role in predicting ambigious and severe post-relationship pursuit, relationship characteristics are important considerations for violence after a relationship ends, regardless of whether there was violence prior to the relationship termination.
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  • Gray-Little, Bernadette
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