ERIC Number: ED334477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Dating Relationships of Entering Freshmen: A Baseline Study of Courtship Violence.
Stickel, Sue A.; Ellis, Kathryn L.
This study established baseline data on the relationship attitudes and behaviors of entering first-year students. Subjects, 97 male and 178 female entering first-year students at a mid-sized regional mid-Atlantic public university, responded to a relationship questionnaire (for a response rate of 69%). Questions related to specific relationship behaviors were taken from L. P. Rouse's Dominance Motive and Dominance Possessiveness Scales. Results indicated that: (1) the subjects were of the traditional age for entering college and were from families where parents were married; (2) most subjects wanted a committed relationship, had experienced dating relationships, and had used alcohol; (3) women scored higher on dominance motive measure and the measure of physical abuse toward their partner; (4) men were significantly higher on the overall measure of dominance possessiveness; and (5) no significant gender differences existed for physical abuse from their partner. Findings suggest that there are students on university campuses who are at risk for courtship violence and that students bring violent behaviors with them when they arrive. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Courtship Violence; Dating Violence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 13-16, 1991).