High school students' responses to dating aggression

Dating Violence Prevention Project, Inc, Glen Ridge, NJ, USA.
Violence and Victims (Impact Factor: 1.28). 07/2001; 16(3):339-48.
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The purpose of this study was to identify high school students' actions in response to physical aggression in their dating relationships. The association of these actions with race/ethnicity and gender was also examined. From a sample of high school students (N = 476), a subsample who reported that they had experienced at least one episode of being victimized by physical aggression in a dating relationship (n = 183), served as the sample of interest. On average, students engaged in two help-seeking actions, with females reporting more actions than males. Overall, the most common responses to physical aggression in a dating relationship were aggressive action (e.g., fight back), informal help seeking, threatened or actual breakup, and doing nothing (males) or crying (females). Females were more likely to fight back than were males. Race was largely unrelated to students' actions. Intervention opportunities and areas for future research are discussed.

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