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ERIC Number: EJ882578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Physical Dating Violence Norms and Behavior among Sixth-Grade Students from Four U.S. Sites
Simon, Thomas R.; Miller, Shari; Gorman-Smith, Deborah; Orpinas, Pamela; Sullivan, Terri
Journal of Early Adolescence, v30 n3 p395-409 2010
Relatively little is known about the prevalence of physical dating violence behaviors and perceived norms about dating violence among early adolescents. A sample of 5,404 sixth-grade students was recruited from four diverse U.S. sites. Over half of the respondents reported that girls hitting their boyfriends was acceptable under certain circumstances (e.g., if made mad or jealous) and more than one in four reported acceptance of boys hitting their girlfriends. Among those reporting that they had a recent boy/girlfriend, nearly one third of girls (31.5%) and more than one fourth of boys (26.4%) reported being physically aggressive toward this person (e.g., punching, slapping). These data support the need to address the problem of violence within students' perceived dating relationships in sixth grade or earlier and suggest that preventive interventions should focus on changing norms that support violence between males and females. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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