Coping with dating violence as a function of violence frequency and solution attribution: A structural modeling approach

Mona Bapat, Terence Tracey

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This study presents a structural model of coping with dating violence. The model integrates abuse frequency and solution attribution to relate to college women's choices of coping strategies. Three hundred and twenty-four undergraduate women reported being targets of some physical abuse from a boyfriend and responded to questions regarding the abuse, their solution attribution, and their coping behaviors. Solution attribution mediated the relation between frequency of the abuse and coping. Abuse frequency had a positive effect on external solution attribution, and external solution attribution had a positive effect on the level of use of active coping, utilization of social support, denial, and acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-343
Number of pages15
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Coping
  • Dating violence
  • Physical abuse
  • Solution attribution
  • Undergraduate women
  • Violence frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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