Romantic Relational Aggression and Victimization in Young Adults’ Romantic Relationships.
Panagiota Ira Bitsola1, Melina Nicole Kyranides

This study examined the role of stress, physical activity and sleep quality in relation to romantic relational aggression and victimization in a community sample of young adults (N=371; 195 females). Hierarchical linear regression analyses were conducted testing associations with romantic relational aggression and victimization, taking into account gender, stress, levels of physical activity and sleep quality. The findings indicated that women were at higher risk for romantic relational aggression compared to men. When taking gender into account, stress emerged as a positive predictor of romantic relational aggression, while physical activity emerged as a negative predictor. Additionally, gender and stress predicted romantic relational victimization, with male participants at higher risk of being victimized in their romantic relationships than women. Sleep quality was not a predictor for relational aggression or victimization. The present study indicates that stress and physical activity are potential target areas for the development of prevention and intervention protocols.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jpbs.v8n1a5