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Factors that are correlated with girlfriends perpetrating non-physical dating violence against urban black men

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brian Gilchrist, PhD, MPH, School of Health Professions, Long Island University Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Yvette Bodrick, MPH, Master of Health Science Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Constance Owens, MPHc, Public Health Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Felisha Tankard, BS, EMMES Corporation, Rockville, MD
Jason Davis, BA, Center for Employment Opportunities, New York, NY
Kelly Guillet, Health Nutrition Science Program, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Young urban Black men may be disproportionately affected by non-physical dating violence victimization. To date, there is a lack of investigation of men's experiences with relationship violence perpetrated by their girlfriend. The goal of the current study is to examine the association of variables identified by public health and relationship violence theories that may begin to explain the phenomenon of heterosexual male victimization of non-physical dating violence. Street-intercept surveys (n=101) were conducted among a sample of Black males aged 18-25 years old at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York. Spearman's correlation coefficients identified significant positive relationships between “Girlfriend Behaviors” and several variables; “Knowledge” (r = .38, p = .000), “Perceived Susceptibility” (r = .48, p = .000), “Threatening and Controlling Behavior” (r = .30, p < .01), and “Isolation” (r = .51, p = .000). Young men's experiences with non-physical dating violence appears to be associated with several variables. Further research is needed to examine which of these variables may predict whether or not young Black men may experience non-physical dating violence from their girlfriends.

Learning Areas:

Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
List three variables that are correlated with young black men experiencing non-physical dating violence from their girlfriends. Identify three types of non-physical dating violence behaviors perpetrated by girlfriends toward their boyfriends. Discuss the importance of understanding the correlates of non-physical dating violence victimization among urban Black men.

Keyword(s): African American, Family Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a recent graduate of a PhD program in which I was a research coordinator of a federally funded grant focusing on urban African American adolescents and young adults. I have over thirteen years experience working in various community health capacities in urban environments focusing primarily on urban black and latino males. I am the principal investigator for the project assessing men's experiences with dating violence victimization perpetrated by their girlfriend.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.