Journal article

Digital dating abuse perpetration and impact: The importance of gender

Cynthia Brown, Michael Flood, Kelsey Hegarty

JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Although measurement and prevalence of digital dating abuse (DDA) in young people’s relationships is of growing research interest, youth perceptions of the behaviours and the impact on victims are yet to be fully understood. This study explored thirty-eight (16–24 year old) youth’s perceptions of DDA behaviours and descriptors of the emotional impact of the behaviours on victims. A predominant theme of gender differences emerged, with five subthemes: (a) men tend to engage in sexual-related behaviours, (b) men and women undertake different controlling and monitoring behaviours, (c) the role of reputation shapes the impact on men, (d) serious negative emotions characterise the impact on women..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a small financial grant from the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and was undertaken by a PhD candidate receiving the support of an Australian Federal Government APA scholarship.