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Measuring Sex Differences in Violence Victimization and Perpetration Within Date and Same-Sex Peer Relationships

NCJ Number
237083
Journal
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 23 Issue: 8 Dated: August 2008 Pages: 1120-1138
Author(s)
Monica H. Swahn; Thomas R. Simon; Ileana Arias; Robert M. Bossarte
Date Published
August 2008
Length
19 pages
Annotation
This study examines sex differences in the patterns of repeated perpetration and victimization of physical violence and psychological aggression within dating relationships and same-sex peer relationships.
Abstract
Data were obtained from the Youth Violence Survey: Linkages among Different Forms of Violence, conducted in 2004, and administered to all public school students enrolled in grades 7, 9, 11 and 12 (N = 4,131) in a high-risk school district. Analyses of adolescents who dated in the past year (n = 2,888) show that girls are significantly more likely than boys to report physical violence and psychological aggression perpetration within dating relationships. However, boys are significantly more likely than girls to report physically injuring a date. Boys are also significantly more likely than girls to report physical violence victimization and perpetration within same-sex peer relationships. Implications and directions for future research are discussed. (Published Abstract)