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Doctor of Philosophy


Human Development and Family Studies

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Brenda Lohman


This study contains two separate, yet related research projects. The first is a study on dating violence perpetration, with the associations of relationship commitment and jealousy on dating violence perpetration examined. Acceptability of violence, another variable related to violence perpetration, was examined as a potential moderator of relationship commitment and jealousy on dating violence perpetration. Using a sample of 155 male and 417 female college students, t-tests showed that women reported higher perpetration levels than men. Hierarchical regression analyses found that only jealousy was associated with dating violence perpetration---and only for women. Neither relationship commitment nor acceptability of violence was associated with perpetration for either men or women. Additionally, acceptability of violence did not emerge as a significant moderator between for these relationships. However, the three-way interaction of acceptability of violence, relationship commitment, and jealousy for dating violence perpetration was significant. In addition, the two-way interaction between jealousy and relationship commitment was significant. However, when fully interactive models were run separately by gender, both of these interactions failed to reach statistically significant levels;The second study examined the effects of dating violence victimization. Two of the most often reported consequences of dating violence are its impact on the victim's satisfaction with their relationship with their abusive partner, and its impact on the victim's mental health. Research suggests that the strength of these relationships may be moderated by the degree to which dating violence is acceptable to the victim. However, studies of these relationships have been limited to samples of victimized women. Using the same sample as study 1, t-tests for gender differences found that men and women reported similar dating violence victimization levels. Hierarchical regression analyses found that for men, only mental health problems were significantly associated with higher levels of victimization. For women, dating violence victimization was associated with decreased relationship satisfaction and increased mental health problems. However, contrary to the hypothesis, acceptability of violence was not associated with the relationship between satisfaction and dating violence victimization or mental health problems and dating violence victimization for either men or women.



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