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The Psychology of Violence in Adolescent Romantic Relationships


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Erica Bowen, Kate Walker
    Pages 21-51
  3. Erica Bowen, Kate Walker
    Pages 52-72
  4. Erica Bowen, Kate Walker
    Pages 73-95
  5. Erica Bowen, Kate Walker
    Pages 123-142
  6. Erica Bowen, Kate Walker
    Pages 157-168
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-192

About this book


Domestic violence in adolescent romantic relationships is an increasingly important and only recently acknowledged social issue. This book provides conceptual frameworks for the design and evaluation of interventions with a focus on developing evidence based practice, as well as a research, practice and policy agenda for consideration.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Coventry UniversityUK

About the authors

Erica Bowen is Professor in the Psychology of Violence and Interpersonal Aggression at Coventry University, UK, where she is the Director of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression research group ( During the past 15 years her research has focused on preventing violence in intimate relationships in both criminal justice adult and school-based populations.

Kate Walker is a Research Associate in Violence and Interpersonal Aggression at Coventry University, UK. Her primarily qualitative research has focused on understanding the processes of change in men who have been violent towards their intimate partners in both criminal justice and community intervention settings. More recently her research focus has included evaluating a serious-game based primary intervention for adolescents.

Bibliographic information


“The contribution of this book is its highlighting the need for more research in this area of adolescence. … This book provides an exceptional foundation for those interested in furthering the development of prevention as well as intervention of dating violence specifically during the period of adolescence.” (Abigail Matthew, Adolescent Research Review, Vol. 3, 2018)

“The book effectively introduced and contextualized adolescent dating violence, described its lasting consequences, and offered directions for how future research should be organized and implemented. Future dating violence researchers and practitioners should appreciate this work by using it as a first port of call when designing trials and interventions. This book has made a significant contribution to the study of adolescence by helping dating violence gain scientific relevancy … .” (Daniel Edwards, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 45, 2016)

“The Psychology of Violence in Adolescent Romantic Relationships provides an in-depth explanation of how violence has transformed relationships among adolescents and the implications and interventions that can address them. … recommended for practitioners, scientific researchers, and policy-makers, whose work impacts victims and perpetrators, who seek to further their understanding of violence in adolescent relationships.” (Samantha Dillman, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 45, 2016)

“This volume offers a useful overview of the empirical literature pertaining to adolescent dating violence. Researchers and clinicians dealing with dating violence will find it of use. The literature reviewed is helpfully organized into tables. Such tables are very useful in allowing readers to evaluate the empirical literature using systematic criteria.” (Clifton R. Emery, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (50), December, 2015)