Parenting processes and dating violence: The mediating role of self-esteem in low- and high-SES adolescents

Jacqueline C. Pflieger, Alexander T. Vazsonyi

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The current investigation tested a model in which low self-esteem mediated the effects by parenting processes (monitoring, closeness, and support) on measures of dating violence (victimization, perpetration, attitudes, and perceptions) in a sample of adolescents (n = 809; mean age=16.4 years) from both low- and high-socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds. Hierarchical regression analyses provided evidence that low self-esteem partially mediated the link between parenting processes and dating violence, with unique differences observed between low- and high-SES youth. Specifically, in low-SES youth, low self-esteem mediated the relationship between closeness as well as support and dating violence behaviours, while in high-SES youth, it only mediated the relationship between maternal support and dating violence attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-512
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful for the support provided by the Grant-in-Aid Program at Auburn University for data collection and by a Fulbright Fellowship to the second author, for the participation of the students, as well as for the assistance with data entry and cleaning by students in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.


  • Dating violence
  • Family processes
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-worth
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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