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Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University

Continuity and Change in Verbal Conflict and Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective Analysis of Adults
When Sep 13, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered numerous social dynamics, and there is concern about whether this has led to greater problems in relationships,  including increased verbal conflict and intimate partner violence. Using data from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (n = 500), collected pre-pandemic and during the pandemic and controlling for fixed differences between individuals, we analyzed the relationship between changes in economic circumstances, parenthood, substance use, relationship quality, and mental health and changes in verbal and physical conflict. We found that, on average, verbal conflict increased and physical violence declined during the pandemic. Yet, some individuals changed from no intimate partner violence into a pattern of violent interactions. Economic hardship, substance use, relationship uncertainty, stress and depression led to these changes in relationship functioning. As the negative effects of the pandemic persist in terms of stress, depression, economic hardship and substance use, we anticipate more problematic relationship dynamics.

About the Speaker

Dr. Manning is the Dr. Howard E. Aldrich and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Co-Director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. She is a family demographer focusing on trends in family formation and dissolution for same-gender and different-gender couples. Her research examines social relationships and the health and well-being of children, parents, and adults in the United States. Dr. Manning’s recent research includes the development of survey instruments fielded during the pandemic as well as analyses of stress and well-being that have pushed forward conceptualizing responses to the pandemic. She recently served as the president of the Population Association of America and is member of the editorial board for Demography and American Sociological Review. 

Note: This session will be online via zoom.  Zoom Link for registration.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2021 will be a mix of in person and  online via Zoom(One or the other, not hybrid).  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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