Roles

Student author: Hilary G. Harding
Student author: Kimberly E. Kleinman

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2008

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

Abstract

A great deal of research on risk perceptions has examined predictors of personal and comparative risk judgments, but little work has examined predictors such as personal experience and depression with respect to dating violence (DV) risk perceptions. Results from a survey of college women (N = 192) indicated that women showed optimistic comparative risk judgments in that they thought their personal risk was lower than other women's risk of experiencing future DV. Depressive symptoms and greater experience with DV, sexual abuse, and violence socialization were associated with elevated personal risk ratings. The relationship between previous DV experience and personal risk ratings was partially mediated by depressive symptoms. Results are discussed as they relate to the existing literature on risk perceptions.

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DOI

10.1521/jscp.2008.27.6.600

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