The Dynamic Context of Teen Dating Violence in Adolescent Relationships, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014-2016 (ICPSR 36869)

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Megan H. Bair-Merritt, Boston Medical Center; Pamela A. Matson, Johns Hopkins University. School of Medicine

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36869.v1

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HART, 2014-2016

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Teenage adolescent females residing in Baltimore, Maryland who were involved in a relationship with a history of violence were sought after to participate in this research study. Respondents were interviewed and then followed through daily diary entries for several months. The aim of the research was to understand the context regarding teen dating violence (TDV). Prior research on relationship context has not focused on minority populations; therefore, the focus of this project was urban, predominantly African American females.

The available data in this collection includes three SAS (.sas7bdat) files and a single SAS formats file that contains variable and value label information for all three data files. The three data files are:

  • final_baseline.sas7bdat (157 cases / 252 variables)
  • final_partnergrid.sas7bdat (156 cases / 76 variables)
  • hart_final_sas7bdata (7004 cases / 23 variables)

Bair-Merritt, Megan H., and Matson, Pamela A. The Dynamic Context of Teen Dating Violence in Adolescent Relationships, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014-2016. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-05-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36869.v1

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2013-VA-CX-0003)

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2014 -- 2016
2014-10 -- 2016-09
  1. These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

  2. Eligible youth needed to meet the following criteria for inclusion into this study:

    • 16 to 19 year old female
    • speak English fluently
    • live within the city of Baltimore
    • be in a current dating relationship with a male partner
    • report of at least one episode of teen dating violence (TDV)

    If a potential respondent reported a chronic or debilitating condition then she was excluded from the sample.

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The purpose of this study was to establish greater understanding of the relational and situational context of teen dating violence (TDV) within adolescent relationships. Primarily, this research focused on urban adolescents of color (predominantly African American youth) which prior research had not focused on. The study also examined when and why incidents of TDV occur to properly design interventions or policies to stop events of TDV from occurring. Additional purposes include:

  1. Determine the type(s), frequency and patterns of TDV within the dating relationships in our sample
  2. Determine, within dating relationships, the daily (same day, previous and next day) associations between adolescent females' perceptions of intimacy, jealousy, and provision of instrumental support and reports of TDV victimization and perpetration
  3. Determine, within dating relationships, the daily (same day, previous and next day) associations between females' reports of their own and their partners' alcohol and drug use, and reports of TDV victimization and perpetration.

After a respondent was screened into the study she was invited to complete an ACASI baseline survey that lasted approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Participants were given $25 to compensate for time spent taking the baseline assessment. Each respondent was also asked to complete a survey about their partner. Then respondents were asked to provide four to six months of daily diary responses via an app on their smart phone. They received $60 per month for the daily diaries, which was equivalent to the cost of maintaining an adequate phone plan with texting features. Youth without a Smart Phone were offered one in lieu of the $60.

Study staff drove extensively through Baltimore, Maryland neighborhoods speaking with and observing residents to establish areas where young women were most likely to congregate. This work produced a list of key neighborhoods to recruit participants from. Study staff then distributed flyers to females within the target age range. If the potential respondent was interested in participation then study staff would provide an overview of the study and request oral consent prior to asking the screening questions. Once screened into the study, the respondent was asked to sign an informed consent statement.

Longitudinal: Cohort / Event-based, Cross-sectional

Urban adolescent females residing in Baltimore, Maryland in a current dating relationship with any self-reported teen dating violence (TDV).

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  • Baseline: demographics, family conflict, mental health, delinquency, teen dating violence (TDV), relationship history, relationship characteristics, substance abuse
  • Partner Grid: partner demographics, relationship history with partner, physical and psychological victimization by the partner to the respondent, and physical and psychological perpetration by the respondent to their partner
  • Daily Diary: current status of feelings in the relationship, matching pairs of questions regarding what the partner did to the respondent and what the respondent did to her partner that day, matching pairs of questions regarding substance use by the respondent and by the partner

None provided

  • Brief Symptom Index
  • Safe Dates: Physical Violence Victimization
  • Acceptance of Couple Violence (ACV)
  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

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Notes

  • These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions. Restricted data files are not available for direct download from the website; click on the Restricted Data button to learn more.