Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor's Name

Asia A. Eaton

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dionne P. Stephens

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Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Miguel Á. Cano

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Committee Member

Fourth Advisor's Name

Timothy Hayes

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Committee Member


Hispanic, Latina, intimate partner violence, technology

Date of Defense



This dissertation examines the experience of cyber dating abuse victimization among Latina women in emerging adulthood. There is particular emphasis on investigating the relationship between cyber dating abuse victimization and risk and protective factors. Study one implemented a strength-based approach to investigating culturally relevant factors against cyber dating abuse victimization. The relationship between acculturation and familial social support varied based on the subtypes of abuse. Specifically, the best fitting pathways in the structural equation model indicated that Latinx cultural orientation was protective against sexual cyber dating abuse victimization, and this relationship was mediated by family support.

Study two focused on examining the relationship between cyber dating abuse victimization and later experience of mental health symptoms and overall wellbeing, as well as polyvictimization. A longitudinal design was implemented with a three-month lag to test these relationships among a sample of Latina emerging adults. Findings indicated no relationship with these health outcomes. The existence of polyvictimization was supported by this study. Cyber dating abuse victimization increased likelihood of later in-person abuse. Findings highlight important considerations for violence prevention efforts.






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