Dating Aggression (DA) is an increasing phenomenon in Italy. The present study aimed at: a) investigating gender differences with respect to justification of violence within the couple and to dating aggression perpetration, and b) verifying the existence of a link between authoritarian parenting style, attitude of justification of violence and DA perpetration. Participants were 436 teenagers, aged 16 to 18, who completed self-report questionnaires. Results showed higher levels of male violence justification among males and higher level of verbal-emotional and physical violence perpetration among females. Authoritarian parenting style played the role of risk factor in the perpetration of DA. Results could be useful to design effective interventions.
Keywords: Authoritarian style, dating aggression, justification of violence, adolescents, gender.
Maria Giulia Olivari, Gaia Cuccì, Emanuela Confalonieri, Authoritarian parenting style, justification of violence and perpetration of Dating Aggression. in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 3/2017, pp. 13-30, DOI:10.3280/MAL2017-003002