September 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

Psychology Students Publish on ‘Stalking Victimization and Substance Use in College Dating Relationships’

Psychology graduate students Catherine Strauss and Ellen Haynes, along with Dr. Ryan Shorey, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-authored an article on “Stalking Victimization and Substance Use in College Dating Relationships: An Exploratory Analysis” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

An additional co-author was Tara L. Cornelius from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.

Dr. Ryan Shorey

Dr. Ryan Shorey

Abstract: Traditionally, most dating violence research has focused on physical aggression and has left stalking behaviors largely unexamined, despite evidence that stalking of an intimate partner occurs with high frequency. Moreover, the extent to which stalking victimization has the same negative mental health consequences as other forms of dating violence is unclear. Thus, using a sample of male and female undergraduate students in current dating relationships (N = 357), the association between stalking victimization and alcohol and drug use was explored. Results indicated that for both men and women, stalking victimization from a dating partner was related to alcohol and drug use, even after controlling for age, gender, length of dating relationship, and physical aggression victimization. These preliminary findings suggest that stalking victimization is associated with deleterious consequences; thus, additional research is needed to better understand the longitudinal, long-term consequences of stalking victimization. Additional implications and directions for future research are discussed.

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