Definitions of Dating Violence among African American College Students: Their Relationships with Gender Role Beliefs

Tara Bremond, Joseph Cannatella, Bonnie Ahn*, Hyunsook Kang*
Southeastern Louisiana University

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Abstract The purpose of this study was to further expand the understanding of how gender role beliefs influence African American college students’ definition of dating violence. The research design employed a cross-sectional survey approach utilizing the purposive sample of 116 African American undergraduate students (62 men and 54 women) at a university in southern Louisiana. It was found that there is a significant difference between African American male and female college students in their gender role beliefs; no significant statistical difference in their definition of dating violence; and a significant relationship between gender role beliefs and definitions of dating violence. The researchers recommend macro-level public awareness campaigns targeting attitudinal changes by collaborative efforts of African American community leaders.

Introduction Violence in dating relationships is a widespread problem on college campuses (Murray & Kardatzke, 2007). According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2012), dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic nature with the victim. Strauss confirmed that “Dating violence is a pervasive and serious problem worldwide”(as cited in Chiung-Tao Shen, Yu-Lung Chiu, & Gao, 2012).

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