Romance and Violence in Dating Relationships

June Henton, Rodney Cate, James Koval, Sally Lloyd, Scott Christopher

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Recent data verifying a substantial amount of violence in dating relationships have presented a new challenge to the romantic love model. This study, which investigates abuse between high school couples, confirms the existence of violence among younger partners and describes their reactions to those abusive events. Findings suggest that violence is viewed by participating individuals as relatively nondisruptive to the relationship and sometimes is even seen as a positive occurrence. Discussion centers on how romance and violence coexist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-482
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1983

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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