The long-term objective of the proposed project is to determine the temporal influence of alcohol use on the perpetration and victimization of psychological aggression among currently dating college students. Psychological aggression includes verbal and behavioral acts that are designed to intimidate, humiliate, threaten, and degrade one's partner. Further, psychological aggression results in increased mental health symptoms for victims and is a predictor of physical aggression perpetration. This project has the potential to provide important information that can be used to reduce dating violence and psychological aggression specifically. The proposed project aims to investigate the temporal relationship between alcohol use and the perpetration and victimization of psychological aggression in 125 male and 125 female college students in dating relationships. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of research on the temporal relationship between alcohol use and psychological aggression perpetration and victimization. In addition, the proposed project will examine whether state negative affect moderates and increases the strength of the relationship between acute alcohol use and psychological aggression. Participants will complete brief daily surveys for 90 consecutive days. The daily assessments will allow for more accurate reporting on the temporal relationship between alcohol use and dating violence.

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This project has the potential to inform public health by identifying the influence of alcohol use on dating violence perpetration and victimization. The information that is obtained from the proposed investigation will have relevance for researchers and clinicians who are interested in the reduction of negative alcohol-related consequences, as well as the negative consequences associated with experiencing aggression from an intimate partner.

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Khaddouma, Alexander; Shorey, Ryan C; Brasfield, Hope et al. (2016) Drinking and Dating: Examining the Link between Relationship Satisfaction, Hazardous Drinking, and Readiness-to-Change in College Dating Relationships. J Coll Stud Dev 57:32-46
Shorey, Ryan C; McNulty, James K; Moore, Todd M et al. (2016) Being the victim of violence during a date predicts next-day cannabis use among female college students. Addiction 111:492-8
Shorey, Ryan C; Moore, Todd M; McNulty, James K et al. (2016) Do Alcohol and Marijuana Increase the Risk for Female Dating Violence Victimization? A Prospective Daily Diary Investigation. Psychol Violence 6:509-518
Shorey, Ryan C; Brasfield, Hope; Zapor, Heather Zucosky et al. (2015) The relation between alcohol use and psychological, physical, and sexual dating violence perpetration among male college students. Violence Against Women 21:151-64
Shorey, Ryan C; Brasfield, Hope; Anderson, Scott et al. (2015) The Relation between Trait Mindfulness and Early Maladaptive Schemas in Men Seeking Substance Use Treatment. Mindfulness (N Y) 6:348-355
Shorey, Ryan C; McNulty, James K; Moore, Todd M et al. (2015) Emotion Regulation Moderates the Association Between Proximal Negative Affect and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration. Prev Sci 16:873-80
Shorey, Ryan C; Elmquist, Joanna; Anderson, Scott et al. (2015) The Relationship Between Early Maladaptive Schemas, Depression, and Generalized Anxiety among Adults Seeking Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. J Psychoactive Drugs 47:230-8
Shorey, Ryan C; Fite, Paula J; Choi, HyeJeong et al. (2015) Dating Violence and Substance Use as Longitudinal Predictors of Adolescents' Risky Sexual Behavior. Prev Sci 16:853-61
Shorey, Ryan C; Anderson, Scott; Stuart, Gregory L (2015) The relation between trait mindfulness and aggression in men seeking residential substance use treatment. J Interpers Violence 30:1633-50
Shorey, Ryan C; Tirone, Vanessa; Stuart, Gregory L (2014) Coordinated Community Response Components for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of the Literature. Aggress Violent Behav 19:363-371

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