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Violence in adolescent romantic relationships: role of self-esteem and delinquent behavior


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Peronja, Dina. (2013). Violence in adolescent romantic relationships: role of self-esteem and delinquent behavior. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Ajduković, Dean].

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The main goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between self-esteem, delinquent behavior and violence in adolescent relationships and to determine the contribution of these variables and socio-demographic data in predicting violent behavior. The study included 425 participants, fourth grade students from 5 high schools in city of Zagreb; 202 of them have been in romantic relationship in the last 6 months (111 females and 91 males). Results were collected using the instrument that included questions on socio-demographic data and four questionnaires: Self-esteem scale, Youth self-reported delinquency and risk behaviours questionnaire, Experience of exposure to violence and Experience of perpetrated violence. The results show that the participants with lower self-esteem and more delinquent behavior tend to commit and experience more violence in romantic relationships. There were no differences in perpetration and victimization between students from gymnasiums and vocational schools. Model of prediction for committed violence shows that female gender, longer relationship, more delinquent behavior and experienced violence are significant predictors of committing violence. Model of prediction for victimization shows that male gender and more committed violence predict greater experience of violence in a relationship.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent relationships, violence, self-esteem, delinquent behavior
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Ajduković, Dean
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 14:45
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 14:45

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