Dissatisfaction with relationship power and dating violence perpetration by men and women

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2001-01-01
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Kaura, Shelby
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Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on the interactions among individuals, families, and their resources and environments throughout their lifespans. It consists of three majors: Child, Adult, and Family Services (preparing students to work for agencies serving children, youth, adults, and families); Family Finance, Housing, and Policy (preparing students for work as financial counselors, insurance agents, loan-officers, lobbyists, policy experts, etc); and Early Childhood Education (preparing students to teach and work with young children and their families).

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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies was formed in 1991 from the merger of the Department of Family Environment and the Department of Child Development.

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1991-present

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  • College of Human Sciences (parent college)
  • Department of Child Development (predecessor)
  • Department of Family Environment (predecessor)

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This study focuses on the relationship between dissatisfaction with ones power in dating relationships, parental violence, and dating violence perpetration. A sample of 352 male and 296 female undergraduate college students completed a dating violence survey, including selected subscales from the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2) and the Relationship Power Scale. Findings show that relationship power dissatisfaction is associated with the use of violence in dating relationships by both men and women. More importantly, parental violence emerged as an even stronger predictor of dating violence perpetration. Findings also indicate that men's perpetration of dating violence is more strongly related to experiencing mother's violence, whereas women's perpetration of dating violence is more strongly related to experiencing father's violence. Results of this study suggest that it is important for researchers to recognize the impact of gender on dating violence perpetration.

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