“It appears that family dynamics occurring in the preschool years and in middle childhood are critical in the development of aggression and dating violence in the teenage years,” she says.Mothers living with partners who have alcohol use disorder tended to be more depressed and, as a result, were less warm and sensitive in their interactions with their children, beginning in infancy.Growing up with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder increases the chance of having violent dating relationships as a teenager, a study has shown.
Over the years, she collected and analysed data regularly, thus allowing her to determine factors which led to some of the teenagers getting into abusive or violent dating relationships.
Preventing dating aggression at this developmental stage may reap significant positive outcomes later in life.
In this article, the authors provide a review of adolescent dating aggression, focusing on warning signs and methods of prevention.
Children who are more aggressive in childhood, particularly with their siblings, are more likely to be aggressive with their romantic partners during their teen years.
“Our findings underscore the critical need for early intervention and prevention with families who are at-risk due to alcohol problems.