Characteristics of Technology Assisted Adolescent Dating Abuse (TAADA) perpetrators: A Rapid Evidence Assessment

Dale, Faith, Smyth, Madeline and Worthington, Rachel Elizabeth (2023) Characteristics of Technology Assisted Adolescent Dating Abuse (TAADA) perpetrators: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Abuse: An International Impact Journal, 4 (1). pp. 104-123. ISSN 2633-8742

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Communication using technology is commonplace for adolescents, with numerous advancements in this area. However, such advancements have given rise to new forms of abusive behaviours, such as the use of technology to control, harass, stalk and abuse dating partners. The aim of this review was to elucidate the risk factors for technology assisted abuse in adolescents (TAADA). A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was conducted to identify risk factors and characteristics of technology assisted adolescent dating abuse perpetrators. 18 studies were found to meet the inclusion criteria and were quality appraised. Narrative synthesis was used to review data and identify common factors. Factors that were found to contribute towards perpetration of TAADA included: being a victim of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s); holding attitudes which normalised violence and TAADA; experiencing feelings of jealousy and insecurity; engaging in other non-TAADA risk behaviours such as aggression and substance misuse; family attachments; and peer networks. Differences in types of perpetration behaviour were noted between males and females, with this warranting further investigation. Understanding risk factors specific to TAADA for adolescents is relevant to professionals who are responsible for the assessment and risk management of perpetrators and provides information regarding possible treatment targets. Recommendations for policy and practice are provided.

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