Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Aggression During Courtship

posted on Dec 04, 2015

A total of 95 males and 175 females provided information about whether they had engaged in or been victims of physical aggression in past and/or current dating relationships. Some 30% of the men and 32% of the women reported engaging in some form of physical aggression against a current steady dating partner. Additionally, 49% of the men and 26% of the women reported being the victims of their current dating partner's physical aggression. Length of the dating relationship was associated with men's physical aggression and their victimization was associated with decreased liking for their partners. Women's experiences with physical aggression in a dating relationship as both victims and aggressors were related to the length of the relationship, less liking for the partner, and less positive affect for the partner.