A Study of Factors Predicting Dating Violence Perpetration Among Male and Female College Students
Baker, Colleen R.
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Abstract Research has found that dating violence is a predictor of marital violence; however, research has been unclear about what predicts dating violence. Past research has been inconclusive. Furthermore, very few studies focus on gender differences in risk factors. This study examines a variety of risk factors for male and female perpetrators of dating violence in college dating relationships. Eight risk factors were used in this study: witnessing parental violence, experiencing childhood violence, problems with alcohol, length of relationship, relationship satisfaction, anger management skills, partnerâ s use of physical aggression, and partnerâ s use of psychological aggression. Correlations and multiple regressions were run for each gender. The study found that for males, partnerâ s use of physical aggression, low anger management skills and high relationship satisfaction were the strongest variables associated with maleâ s use of physical aggression against a dating partner. For the females, partnerâ s use of physical aggression, followed by partnerâ s use of psychological aggression were the most significant variables. The model in this study was a good predictor of male violence, accounting for 81% of the variance, however, it only accounted for 51% of female violence which indicates that other unknown factors are influential in femaleâ s use of physical violence.
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