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Physical dating violence in Spain and the United Kingdom and the importance of relationship quality

Physical dating violence in Spain and the United Kingdom and the importance of relationship quality

Viejo, Carmen, Monks, Claire, Sanchez, Virginia and Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario (2015) Physical dating violence in Spain and the United Kingdom and the importance of relationship quality. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi:10.1177/0886260514567963)

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Abstract

Mixed-gender friendships, romantic relationships, and sexual behaviors increase during adolescence as a normal part of development. However, some studies have revealed potential risks to these types of social relationships. Different authors have indicated that dating violence among adolescents is an issue for concern. To date, there has been little research on this topic cross-nationally. This study examined and compared the prevalence and characteristics of physical dating violence among young people aged between 15 and 18 years in England and Spain (N = 200 in Spain, N = 199 in England), and how being involved (or not) in this violence relates to romantic relationship quality. Results indicated that approximately 23% of young people reported victimization and 30% reported perpetrating physical dating violence. In both countries, most of those involved in physical dating violence reported involvement in reciprocal violence (displaying both aggression and victimization). Those young people involved in dating violence reported higher levels on scales assessing negative aspects of relationship quality compared with those not involved, but there were no significant differences in positive aspects of relationship quality. Furthermore, different patterns appeared relating to the severity of violence and country. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dating violence, Physical violence, Cultural contexts, Adolescence
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 11:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13476

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