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.