What is it about?

Thee influence of parental conflict strategies on 905 Hispanic college women’s verbal aggression and abuse victimization in current romantic relationships was examined. Consistent with previous research, parental use of verbal aggression with each other influenced the likelihood of their college daughter experiencing verbal aggression in their current romantic relationship.

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Why is it important?

Prior research has shown that college women in the United States are experiencing significantly high rates of verbal aggression (VA); approximately 20% to 30% of college women experience VA in their intimate relationships. Research has shown that familial conflict experiences directly influence these outcomes. Unfortunately, studies focusing on Hispanic college women’s experiences are almost nonexistent, despite the fact that they are members of the largest minority population on college campuses today.


This study provides important information about Hispanic college populations’ experiences with being verbally abused, and the importance of familial processes in shaping these understandings.

Dr. Dionne P Stephens
Florida International University

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This page is a summary of: Hispanic Parents’ Conflict Tactics Influence on College Women’s Verbal Aggression Victimization, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, February 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0739986317690836.
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