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ERIC Number: ED354459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 23
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The Predictive Power of Abuse in the Family of Origin for Sexual Abuse in Dating.
Murray, Joan; And Others
The idea is widely supported that abuse is far more common among acquaintances than among strangers and is most common within the family. The dating relationship is another intimate relationship in which abuse occurs. In this study the association between abuse in the family of origin and sexual abuse in dating was analyzed by determining the predictive power of family abuse for four dependent variables: sexual victimization in dating for men and for women and sexual coercion in dating for men and for women. Subjects were 60 female and 51 male undergraduate students. Subjects responded to the Dating Experiences Questionnaire which consisted of closed-end questions in three sections: background information; abuse in the family of origin; and experience with sexual victimization and use of sexual coercion in dating. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to test the association between family abuse and three of the four dependent variables. Family abuse was found to be significantly predictive of sexual victimization in dating for women. Family abuse was more predictive of sexual victimization than of sexual coercion in dating in this study. While most studies have tended to support the cycle of abuse hypothesis in general, the specific aspects of abuse that are typical need further examination. (Contains 50 references.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada