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Longitudinal Follow-up in the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV), Final Summary Overview

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Date Published
September 2018
16 pages

This is the Final Summary Overview of the third and fourth waves of data collection with the original STRiV cohort (STRiV-B), whose objectives were to document changes in various forms of adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) from 2013 to 2016 and investigate longitudinal development of ARA victimization and perpetration among youth.


This report covers the third and fourth waves of data collection within the original STRiV cohort. STRiV data are collected via self-report surveys and measure adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) by asking about specific acts. Data include measures of sexual harassment as well as of abuse in dating relationships but do not capture intensity or motivations, nor do they distinguish between acts of offense or defense. STRiV also collects descriptive information about the dynamics within a specified dating relationship. The specific aims of this follow-up study were to document the following: shifts from 2013 through 2016 on the nature and extent of ARA, gender roles and relationship behavior, and the family and peer context in which ARA may occur. STRiV analytic research revealed an increase in the perpetration of ARA over the four-year study period that exceeded the increase in dating that normatively follows adolescent development. The STRiV longitudinal research program has yielded four annual waves of national data on youth/young adults and an adult parent or caregiver from their household. In this report, the authors discuss key findings to date, including longitudinal associations between ARA and behavioral factors, dating dynamics, exposure to interparental violence (IPV), mental health, exposure to sexual harassment, and financial behaviors; as well as key findings from parent-reported data about adolescents’ exposure to inter-parental verbal or physical abuse.


Date Published: September 1, 2018