Supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Mental Health (F31MH082646-01A2), the National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR 007100), Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Xi Chapter, and Susan B. Anthony Institute. The authors thank Drs. Morrison-Beedy, Tuttle, Fals-Stewart, and Sommers.
Associations among Depressive Symptoms, Dating Violence, and Relationship Power in Urban, Adolescent Girls
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 506–518, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Volpe, E. M., Hardie, T. L. and Cerulli, C. (2012), Associations among Depressive Symptoms, Dating Violence, and Relationship Power in Urban, Adolescent Girls. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: 506–518. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01384.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: JAN 2012
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institutes of Mental Health. Grant Number: F31MH082646-01A2
- National Institute of Nursing Research. Grant Number: T32NR 007100
- dating violence;
- relationship power;
To explore the associations among dating violence (DV), aggression, relationship power, and depressive symptoms.
A cross-sectional survey secondary analysis.
An urban, school based health center, October, 2009 through May, 2009.
Low income, adolescent girls (n = 155), ages 14–18.
Descriptive and bivariate analyses were conducted to illustrate patterns and associations among variables. Key variables included depressive symptoms, DV victimization and aggression, and relationship power. We used mediation analyses to determine the direct and indirect effects among variables.
Both DV victimization and aggression were reported frequently. Furthermore, DV victimization had a significant direct effect on depression and an indirect effect through relationship power. Depressive symptoms and relationship power were associated with DV aggression. Although relationship power did have a significant inverse effect on depressive symptoms, it was not through DV aggression.
Complex associations remain between mental health and DV; however, relationship power partially accounts for DV victimization's effect on depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms are associated with DV victimization and aggression; therefore, nurses should address relationship power in clinical and community interventions.