Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Schock, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Edward Skarnulis, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joseph Clubb, LICSW


The purpose of this study is to measure the prevalence of violence in dating relationships in a suburban high school. Although dating violence is commonly considered male to female aggression, the research reviewed in this study indicates that girls are perpetrators more often than boys are. The Revised Conflict Tactics Scale was administered to tenth and twelfth grade students at a suburban high school. There were 126 surveys distributed and 12 were returned. The findings show that 84% of the students admitted to at least one violent incident with their dating partner in the past year. The results of this study indicate a moderate level of dating violence at this high school. Based on these findings, I recommend that further studies be done to determine prevalence rates of adolescent dating violence when more participants can be involved.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Johnson.SL

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