skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 118354 Find in a Library
Title: Conflict and Violence in Dating Relationships (From Violence in Dating Relationships, P 126-142, 1989, Maureen A Pirog-Good and Jan E Stets, eds. -- See 118347)
Author(s): S A Lloyd; J E Koval; R M Cate
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines premarital violence within a "conflict framework," distinguishing factors in conflictual relationships with and without violence.
Abstract: A total of 1,274 undergraduate students at two large western universities completed questionnaires during the 1986-87 academic year. The sample consisted of nondating, casually dating, seriously dating, engaged, and married participants. The study measured the use of violence in premarital relationships, relational conflict, individual characteristics, and relationship characteristics. Discriminant analysis was used to identify individual and relationship factors that differentiated between individuals involved in violent and nonviolent dating relationships. The discriminating factors examined included relationship beliefs, the cycle of family violence, conflict negotiating strategies, investment in the relationship, alternatives, and comparison level. The use of persistence as a negotiating strategy best discriminated conflictual-violent and conflictual-nonviolent relationships. Characteristically, persons in a violent relationship had been in the relationship longer and had a greater investment in the relationship as well as a greater belief that change was possible compared to persons in nonviolent relationships. Results indicate the importance of the interaction of individual and relationship factors in dating violence. Implications for further study and for policy and practice are discussed. 55 references.
Main Term(s): Violence causes
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Conflict theory; Dating Violence; Domestic assault
Note: An earlier version of this chapter was presented at the 1988 Conference of the National Council on Family Relations.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.