The present study investigated the effect of social reinforcement on dating violence perpetration and victimization among college-aged individuals who are regular social media users. The purpose of the study is to add to the current body of research on dating violence as it applies specifically to the college-aged population and to assess the influence of social reinforcement from social media. An anonymous online survey distributed via email and social networks included questions about social media use, dating violence victimization and perpetration experiences, and perceptions of peer beliefs about dating violence. The results reveal that individuals who are regular social media users experience a social reinforcement effect on perpetration rates. This study has implications in understanding our deepening connections to the online world and how those connections impact real-world experiences.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Applied Sociology; Domestic Violence Track
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Caldwell, Davina, "#RedFlag: Social Media and Dating Violence Among Young Adults" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1364.
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