ERIC Number: ED339929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-9
Abuse in Dating among High School Adolescents.
Carswell, Rita Lee
This study investigated abuse during teenage dating relationships. A status survey design with pre-determined and post hoc grouping was employed. The independent variables investigated were self-esteem, gender, classification, quality of family life, dating frequency, longest dating relationship, and dating style. The dependent variables were physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and total abuse. Subjects were high school juniors and seniors, including 142 females and 131 males, from a predominately Russian-German community of 20,000 in Kansas. Instruments employed were the Abuse Inventory and Personal Attribute Inventories for Self and Family. The results appeared to support the following generalizations: (1) subjects with low self-esteem reported greater sexual abuse than those with moderate and high self-esteem; (2) males reported greater physical abuse than females; (3) subjects with high quality of family life reported less emotional, sexual, and total abuse than those with low quality of family life; (4) those who dated occasionally reported less physical abuse than those who dated often, and those who dated often reported less total abuse than those who dated occasionally; (5) juniors, regardless of self-esteem, reported less physical abuse than seniors, and seniors with moderate self-esteem reported less emotional and total abuse than juniors with moderate self-esteem; (6) subjects reporting single dating style for the duration of the study reported the least amount of physical abuse than any subgroup; and (7) subjects reporting a pick-up dating style had the highest emotional abuse. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.S. Thesis, Fort Hays State University.