Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Ruby Charak

Second Advisor

Dr. Arthur Cantos

Third Advisor

Dr. Jason Popan


The advent of modern technology has inadvertently created newer avenues for intimate partner victimization (IPV) to transpire. This study investigated whether among Hispanic emerging adults psychological, sexual, and stalking intimate partner cybervictimization (cyber IPV) types were uniquely associated with depression and alcohol use; whether there were additive effects of cyber IPV types on depression and alcohol use; and to test whether cognitive reappraisal, self-compassion, and flourishing served as protective factors by moderating the unique effect of each cyber IPV type and the effect of cyber IPV multi-victimization on depression and alcohol use.

Participants were 1,129 Hispanic emerging adults in the age range of 18 to 29 years (M = 20.53, SD = 2.44; 72.5% female) attending the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Findings indicated that nearly 73% of the sample endorsed at least one type of cyber IPV. Multiple regression analysis showed that psychological, sexual and stalking cyber IPV were uniquely associated with depression and that psychological and sexual cyber IPV were uniquely associated with alcohol use. Additive models showed that exposure to one type of cyber IPV and exposure to three types of cyber IPV were associated to depression. Only exposure to three types of cyber IPV was associated with alcohol use. Cognitive reappraisal and flourishing were identified as protective factors, but their protective role depended on the association between cyber IPV type and depression and alcohol use.


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