Snooping and Sexting: Digital Media as a Context for Dating Aggression and Abuse Among College Students

Lauren A. Reed, Richard M. Tolman, L. Monique Ward

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Abstract

Digital dating abuse (DDA) is a pattern of behaviors that control, pressure, or threaten a dating partner using a cell phone or the Internet. A survey of 365 college students was conducted, finding that digital monitoring behaviors were especially common. There were no gender differences in number of DDA behaviors experienced, but women reported more negative hypothetical reactions to sexual messaging than men. DDA was associated with measures of physical, sexual, and psychological dating violence. Results suggest that digital media are a context for potentially harmful dating behaviors, and the experience of DDA may differ by gender for sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1556-1576
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cyber dating abuse
  • dating violence
  • new media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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