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ERIC Number: ED412448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 22
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Dating and Physical Violence.
Heritage, Jeannette; Carlton, Carol C.; West, Beryl
Physical aggression in dating relationships has become a serious problem. Because knowledge of violence in marital relationships has expanded to include dating relationships, some of the attitudes of college students toward violent behavior in dating relationships are examined here. Also discussed are ways in which demographics and life history may affect attitudes towards dating violence. Subjects included 193 undergraduate and graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University. Packets, which included one of four scenarios, were given to the students who then answered questions about these incidents. The results revealed that men were seen as more aggressive than women, and jealousy was perceived as a source of violence in dating relationships. Women were seen as more justified in performing violent acts, but did not report using more violence in self-defense than men. Women were also seen as more justified in using violence in self-defense or in response to physical violence from a partner than were men. Violence was considered more acceptable in serious relationships versus casual relationships. Those who witnessed violence between their parents considered the violence in the scenario as less aggressive than those who did not witness violence between their parents.(Contains 18 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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