Intimate partner violence to be discussed at Penn State Behrend

October 21, 2014

Intimate partner violence is most prevalent among young adults, but what causes this serious — but preventable — health problem to develop?

Wendy Manning, distinguished research professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, studies intimate partner violence and the peak that occurs in young adulthood as part of her role as the director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and co-director for the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green. Manning will discuss findings from a longitudinal study of adolescents dealing with intimate partner violence when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Manning’s talk, “Young Adult Relationships and Intimate Partner Violence” begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 117 of the campus’ Reed Union Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Manning’s research examines violence in dating, sexual and marital relationships as well as the meaning and impact of cohabitation, including fertility and stability in cohabiting unions, transitions to marriage, the economic underpinnings of relationships and parenting in cohabiting unions.                                                                        

“Young Adult Relationships and Intimate Partner Violence” is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen CORE (Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Student Activity Fee. It is co-sponsored by the certificate in crime, psychology and public policy. For additional information, contact Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or

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