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J Interpers Violence. 2009 Sep;24(9):1518-35. doi: 10.1177/0886260508323666. Epub 2008 Sep 15.

Play context, commitment, and dating violence: a structural equation model.

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  • 1Department of Cognitive and Social Psychology, University of La Laguna, Spain.


This study develops a structural equation model to describe the effect of two groups of factors (type of commitment and play context) on the violence experienced during intimate partner conflict. After contrasting the model in adolescents and university students, we have confirmed that aggressive play and the simulation of jealousy and anger increase the risk of dating victimization during conflicts through the negative reactions that they cause. Where commitment is concerned, the results are different according to whether commitment is personal or constraining. The former provides protection against dating victimization, reducing risk in the play context, whereas the latter has no effect on the violence experienced but facilitates a more dangerous play dynamic. The model can be applied in the design of programs to prevent dating violence.

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