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Análise Psicológica

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Abstract

CARIDADE, Sónia Maria  and  BRAGA, Teresa. The Portuguese version of the Cyber Dating Abuse Questionnaire (CDAQ): Adapting and psychometric properties. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.1, pp.93-105. ISSN 0870-8231.  http://dx.doi.org/10.14417/ap.1543.

Some forms of dating violence can occur through the use of new technologies; hence examining this type of abuse, referred as cyber dating abuse in the international literature, is important. The present study aimed to translate, adapt, and examine the psychometric properties of the Cyber Dating Abuse Questionnaire (CDAQ, Borrajo, Gámez-Guadix, Pereda, & Calvete, 2015) among the Portuguese population. A sample of 272 students, the vast majority (87%) female and with a mean age of 28.41 (DP=7.02), filled out the Portuguese version of the questionnaire. Confirmatory factorial analysis revealed good adjustment confirming the factor model of the original version, composed by four correlated factors: victimization through direct aggression or through control, and perpetration of these same typologies of violence. All factors revealed good internal consistency. In addition, we concluded that these two types of intimate cyber abuse are prevalent among Portuguese youth in their intimate relationships, although the prevalence of victimization and perpetration through controlling behaviors (58.8% vs. 63.2%, respectively) was greater than that of victimization and perpetration through direct aggression (18% vs. 14.7%). Empirical and practical implications of the study are discussed.

Keywords : Cyber abuse; Dating relationships; Youth.

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