Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Arthur Cantos

Second Advisor

Dr. Ruby Charak

Third Advisor

Dr. Po-Yi Chen


This study analyzes the extent of teenage dating violence (TDV) perpetration and victimization among a sample of high school students in the Rio Grande Valley and its relationship with the occurrence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and exposure to interparental violence. Two hundred and twenty participants out of 426 were eligible for analyses. Rates of male and female physical abuse perpetration and victimization were similar although females reported significantly higher perpetration and males higher victimization rates. Regression analyses indicated that females exposed to interparental violence reported higher rates of overall TDV perpetration and physical abuse perpetration.

Females with higher occurrences of ACEs and exposure to interparental violence were more likely to perpetrate physical abuse if they had difficulties regulating emotion. In addition, exposure to interparental violence was a significant predictor of emotional abuse perpetration in females. Males exposed to interparental violence were more likely to perpetrate emotional abuse if they had difficulties in emotion regulation.


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