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Dating Violence among Youth Couples: Dyadic Analysis of the Prevalence and Agreement

  • Isabel Vicario-Molina (a1), Begoña Orgaz Baz (a1), Antonio Fuertes Martín (a1), Eva González Ortega (a1) and José Luis Martínez Álvarez (a1)...

Abstract

Although dating violence takes place within the context of a couple, there are few studies exploring how the prevalence data change when violence is reported by one partner or both, and to what extent partners agree about the existence of violence. The aim of this study is therefore to analyze and compare the reports about the prevalence of violence obtained from participants and their partners, together with interpartner agreement concerning victimization and perpetration of threats, physical, verbal-emotional and sexual violence. A total of 105 young heterosexual couples answered a questionnaire about victimization and the perpetration of violence in their relationship during the previous year. The results indicated that prevalence rates varied, depending on who reported the violence -the man, the woman or the couple- perhaps because interpartner agreement was low, except for the occurrence of verbal-emotional violence and the absence of physical violence. These findings suggest the need to develop more systematic research, especially through the use of reports from both members of the couple.

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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Isabel Vicario-Molina. Universidad de Salamanca. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación. Avenida de la Merced s/n. 37001. Salamanca (Spain). E-mail: ivicario@usal.es

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