Prevalence of dating violence and victimization: regional and gender differences

Beverly S Marquart, Dawn K Nannini, Ruth W Edwards, Linda R Stanley, Jeffrey C Wayman
Adolescence 2007, 42 (168): 645-57
This report examines (1) the prevalence of dating violence victimization from a national sample of rural adolescents and (2) patterns by gender and region. Analyses are based on 20,274 adolescents who reported violence victimization using the Community Drug and Alcohol Survey. The relationship of dating violence with gender and region was assessed with HLM5 using Bernoulli's logistic regression. Approximately 16% of adolescents reported being a victim of dating violence. Females reported higher incidence of victimization than males. Dating violence is more prevalent in the South. While it is important to address the underlying values in society that may contribute to dating violence, it is equally productive to include regional and cultural values.

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