Communications professor authors article on perceptions of dating violence

John R. Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, is the author of “I Know You Are, But What Am I? Adolescents’ Third-Person Perception Regarding Dating Violence,” an article recently published in The Journal of Educational Research.

The article explores a survey of adolescents’ perceptions of dating and relationship violence, especially regarding the media’s depictions of these issues. Chapin has conducted extensive research in domestic and sexual violence and abuse and received three awards in 2012 for his contributions to violence prevention and awareness education.

He received the United States House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus for work on behalf of victims of crime.

Chapin also received the Outstanding Citizenship Award presented by Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh in recognition of his service to Beaver County law enforcement. In addition, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett named Chapin the recipient of the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Organizational Capacity Building Award which is awarded as part of the Western Regional Training Initiative subcommittee. In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. He also has received a variety of on and off-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/ NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2009.

Chapin can be contacted at [email protected] or 724-773-3877.