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Violence Vict. 1997 Winter;12(4):295-305.

Dating aggression among high school students.

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  • 1Ward Melville High School, USA.


Links were examined among physical aggression toward a dating partner, parental aggression, and justification of physical aggression during an argument in a sample of 228 (122 male and 106 female) high school students. Forty-four percent of females and 16% of males reported engaging in at least one physically aggressive behavior toward a dating partner during a disagreement, with the modal form of aggression being push, grab or shove for both males and females. The probability that a male, but not a female, would aggress was significantly predicted by parental aggression and justification of aggression. Among aggressive students, the extent of males' aggression was strongly predicted by their justification of aggression; the extent of females' aggression was not predictable. Implications for prevention and intervention programs are discussed.

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