Hit it and Quit it

by cwind2 on March 14, 2014 - 10:49pm

Dating as adolescence is seen to be beneficial in the senses of exploring oneself and learning the general gender roles for adulthood. In any type of human interaction, especially those based on a personal level, conflict is likely to arise. While conflict is common, when not resolved, it may escalate into violence.

For this study, in order to take a look into the world of dating violence, some terms were necessary to clearly define. The study focused on the age group of adolescence, which they determined to begin at the onset of puberty and extends into the early twenties. This age group is also then subdivided into early and late adolescence, which helps classify the type of relationship the subject encages in in that period of their life. Dating, for the purpose of this study, is viewed through the lens of heterosexuality to conceptualize it into terms of dyadic social interaction of romantic involvement that aligns with gender roles and sexual scripts. Younger generations now attempt to reject the term “dating” in place of less forceful “going out” or “hooking up”, but these newer terms contain few changes from the traditional script and are therefore involved in the study. Violence has been variously defined. The most prevalent word used to characterize the actions of a spouse is aggression. While the researchers tended to equate all forms of force with the term “aggression”, “violence was reserved for the acts of physical harm, and “abuse” was conveyed to psychological, health related, and economic in nature harms. All three of the defined terms above were then compiled and defined as a single term. Adolescent dating violence, for the purpose of this study, expanded upon the definition by the Center for Disease Control to encompass any harm-doing behaviors among adolescent directed toward a current or former dating partner.

With estimated ranges of 30% to 80% of adolescents experiencing dating violence, this issue has become one of serious concern. The researchers took large samples of adolescence in both early and later stages, and of both genders, and conducted surveys through the time increment o five years. Three major themes were highlighted to focus on upon concluding when receiving this influx of information from the surveys. The first being that covariation may occur which is an individual may experience and commit acts of assault. The second focuses on the impact of childhood experiences that lead subsequently into future relationships. The third theme takes into consideration gendered patterns of interpersonal violence.

The study is pretty inclusive and extensive but still concludes that more studies and research are necessary. This study went into depth on the mentality of its participants but still didn’t feel that all was covered and set a justice in providing good start for further studies that call for a new approach.



White, J. W. (2009). A Gendered Approach To Adolescent Dating Violence: Conceptual And Methodological Issuues. Psychology Of Women Quarterly, 33(1), 1-15.



The title of this post is what drew my attention to it. Your tile was not only provocative, but it was also successful in portraying the topic of your post. Your analysis of the article, specifically the analysis of the key terms was an effective way of portraying the study’s findings. Defining of the terms such as “adolescent dating violence,” “aggression” and “violence” successfully represented the research article. This post in particular relates to the unfortunate events of last year that transpired in the freshman dorms of SUNY Brockport. I feel that awareness of the issue of dating violence is something that can help prevent tragic events such as the one at Brockport last year. It seems from your conclusions on this research article that more research need be done on the topic of dating violence, especially at the college level. Thank you for the interesting post.

Your post was very interesting, the findings and results of the study drew my attention. I would have never thought that the rate of estimated ranges of adolescents experiencing dating violence was 30% to 80%. Reading this study shocked me and I found out information I wasn't aware about of this topic of issue. The awareness of this issue is not as widely spread and seen in society, for say as bullying awareness is widen spread and supported. I recently did research on organizations and wrote about an organization that helps individuals in abusive relationships dealing with violence. The organization is called “The Table de concertation en violence conjugale “located in Montreal. These people strive to help adolescents experiencing dating violence. It's an amazing organization that clearly links to your article topic of dating violence.

Link to organization if you are interested to know more : http://www.tcvcm.ca/nous-joindre.html

I am very pleased that someone brought this to the attention of the public and in the actual type of publication that it needed in order to surface. Your title was immensely engaging which is why I chose this article to view and respond to but what also captured my attention of this social issue is that it seems it gets harder and harder to truly know what "Love" means in the English language. Dating is an interesting social concept, I myself have never dated anyone but from those around me, I have speculated that it is indefinitely interesting to do so. The article states the different ages that are now" "going out" and / or "hooking up" and this frightens me. What happened to simplistic social interactions? Why does sex (copulation) not mean anything? Maybe it does to some people and they just did not make it in their study. It seems to me that "hooking up" is only a matter of wanting to "get off." I find this fascinating. Then, another added layer is the fact of violence that spews from "dating" or "hooking up" with someone and it definitely is fair to say that one "dates" to not be "lonely" anymore but to also engage in sexual acts for imminent pleasure. Perhaps, this study can be taken to more levels of education on how to treat oneself and another human being. My overall question to this type of social issue, is: “What happened between the invention of cellphones and social interactions? Is it because of such electronic gadgets that most of us do not know how to engage with another person on an intimate and social level?” My answer to this question and to the article in a responsive form is: “It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when social interactions between two (or more) mating couples became extremely violent, or less communicative, or less emotional, rather I think that there are a lot of layers to this that can be stated. Frankly, the way that many young men in America are taught to act and behave in a stoic manner is disturbing. Violence seems to be the only way that men know how to express themselves when there is internal emotional turmoil. A lot of the predicaments of sexual and / or violent assault are sexed as male, however, no one talks about the sex, female. Violence to men from their lover happens on many occasions, again, men are left to lick their own wounds. It makes me happy to read from other comments about this that there are resources and organizations that are being started to help people who are in relationships that are toxic and do not know how to handle the relationship or themselves, or the other person. This gives me hope, that one day we may be able to stop building more walls around ourselves and begin to break out of our comfort zones and begin to take actions to things that are only complained about instead of discussed and talked about to begin to solve the problem.

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