The attitudes towards dating violence scales development and initial validation
Overall, 29% of the girls and 13% of the boys reported that they had experienced psychological, physical and/or sexual dating violence that was upsetting to them. The results of this research have been published as part of the Publication Series of the Muriel Mc Queen Fergusson Centre. Heather Sears, We found that 19% of the boys and 26% of the girls reported having used two or mroe forms of dating violence; Use of multiple forms of dating violence was associated with attitudes toward and experience of dating violence.
The Dating Violence Research Team conducted both quantitative and qualitative research on dating violence among middle school and high school students.
Higher scores on the AFDV Scales were associated with girls' past use of dating violence but not with their having aggressive friends, providing partial support for their criterion-related validity.
Singly or in combination, the Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Scales can be used to increase our understanding of the development and maintenance of violence-supportive attitudes in adolescents of all ages.
Individual and environment characteristics were associated with both girls' and boys' upset reactions to experiences of nonsexual and sexual dating violence.
These results were published in In a second study we conducted focus groups with youth about their understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of dating violence. For example, we found that the students had difficulty determining where to draw the line between what they perceive as “normal” adolescent behaviour vs. The students also identified a need for proactive strategies to help them learn the characteristics of good relationships.
The results of these two studies also formed the basis of dating violence prevention workshops developed and delivered by university students to anglophone and francophone middle school and high school students.