ERIC Number: ED307540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-11
Control and Dating Violence.
Stets, Jan E.; Pirog-Good, Maureen A.
In studying the causes of dating violence, researchers have investigated three broad areas: early life experiences, individual characteristics, and relationship characteristics. While each of these areas has been shown to play a role in dating violence, the interactive processes which lead to violence among dating couples have not been investigated. This study examined the degree to which individuals control others and the relationship of this control factor to dating violence. Data were obtained from a sample of 583 white heterosexual college students who were involved in a dating relationship. Data were obtained on 1,096 relationships. For an analysis on inflicting violence, complete data were available for 318 relationships for men and 286 relationships for women. For the analysis of sustaining violence, complete data were available on 429 relationships for men and 426 relationships for women. Data were analyzed from men and women who inflicted and sustained violence while dating. The results indicated that, net to other effects, men and women who acted to control others were more likely to inflict and sustain violence while dating. Future research is needed to continue building upon the findings that interactional characteristics such as interpersonal control are vital to understanding interpersonal violence. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Family Research Lab.