ERIC Number: EJ775512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Informal Helpers' Responses when Adolescents Tell Them about Dating Violence or Romantic Relationship Problems
Weisz, Arlene N.; Tolman, Richard M.; Callahan, Michelle R.; Saunders, Daniel G.; Black, Beverly M.
Journal of Adolescence, v30 n5 p853-868 Oct 2007
This study examines the responses of informal helpers to adolescents who disclose dating violence or upsetting but non-violent experiences in their romantic relationships. Based on a survey of 224 Midwestern high school students, the study found that youths were more likely to disclose problems to friends rather than others. A factor analysis of potential helpers' responses showed that, compared to avoidance and minimization, nurturing was the most typical response received. Adolescents who told someone about being victimized by severe dating violence were more likely to receive an avoidance response than those who told about less severe dating violence. Males encountered high levels of minimization regarding less severe dating violence. While friends and family seem to respond effectively to romantic relationship problems, youths need more training in how to respond helpfully to friends' difficulties with dating violence or how to encourage victims to seek help from trained practitioners.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Factor Analysis, Dating (Social), Violence, Intimacy, Surveys, High School Students, Friendship, Gender Differences, Help Seeking
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