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Nardi-Rodríguez A, de los Ángeles Pastor-Mira M, López-Roig S, Ferrer-Pérez VA. J. Fam. Violence 2019; 34(5): 461-477.


(Copyright © 2019, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)






Intimate partner violence against adolescent girls is of increasing political and social concern. This paper presents formative research on the reasoned action approach (RAA) to the prediction of boys' perpetration and girls' acceptance of four psychologically abusive behaviors. Our objectives were: (1) to identify the behavioral and normative modal beliefs behind males' performance and girls' acceptance of the behaviors and (2) to explore the relationship between attitudes, perceived social norm, intention and behavior. A total of 479 adolescents between 14 and 18 years of age completed questionnaires on the performance (boys) or acceptance (girls) of a specific behavior. We used a grouping process to identify modal beliefs and carried out eight exploratory multiple regression analysis (one per behavior) to study attitude and social norm as predictors of intention and behavior. Positive and negative behavioral beliefs coexist in boys' and girls' minds, which can reflect an unclear positioning against abusive behaviors. Positive outcomes seem to be influenced by socialization processes and love myths. Peers can be a risk factor whereas parents are a protective factor against the performance and acceptance of these behaviors.

RESULTS showed significant relationships between the constructs in the sense specified by the model. Prevention programs could benefit by: managing participants' individual behavior, intervening separately with boys and girls, overcoming adolescents' confusion regarding these behaviors, and targeting parents as a means of discouraging their performance and acceptance. The RAA appears a useful tool for explaining and predicting the performance and acceptance of abusive behaviors.

Language: en


Adolescence; Beliefs; Elicitation study; Evidence-based; Intimate partner violence; Prevention; Psychological abuse; Reasoned action approach


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