ERIC Number: ED259264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Prevalence and Correlates of Courtship Violence.
Samios, Mary; And Others
Although previous research has attempted to account for the incidence of physical violence between dating partners, little attention has been devoted to the relationship factors that may account for the occurrence of violence between partners. To examine the relationships among violence and dating partners' love and liking, commitment to the relationship, and positive feelings, 270 undergraduate students (95 males; 175 females) completed a questionnaire packet. The packet included the following measures: the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS), the Positive Feelings Questionnaire (PFQ), the Broderick Commitment Scale (BCS), and the Liking and Love Scales. Analysis of results showed 38 percent of the females reported being victims of courtship violence and 49 percent reported violence against a partner. Fifty percent of the males reported being victims of courtship violence and 30 percent reported being physically violent against a dating partner. The relationship between a history and current experiences of overall and severe aggression and victimization was highly significant for both men and women. Liking proved to be the most consistent distinguishing characteristic of male and female victims and agressors; it appears that decreased liking is a consequence rather than a cause of violence. These findings suggest that violent relationships seem to be characterized by men from violent families who have low liking or respect for their partners and women who have low liking or respect and low positive feelings for their partners. The longer the relationship, the more likely that violence will take place. (KGB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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