College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

Spring 5-1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Linda M. Montgomery, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kay Ketzenberger, Ph.D.


Research has investigated dating violence (DV) in high * school populations- yet no studies have examined adolescents in the 7th and 8th grades. The present study investigated the prevalence of DV in the Permian Basin area of West - Texas. Comparisons of the prevalence of DV between junior high (7th & 8th grades), freshman high 4Sth grade)* and senior high school -(lOth, 11th, & 12th-grades) -found no significant differences of used or received DV. The prevalence of DV in the Permian Basin was similar to those found in some studies that used college-student -samples. Significant interactions effects and main effects were found for ‘ethnicity and gender in the DV subscales. Acceptance of violence was examined. This-analysis found that adolescents who had used dating violence were more accepting of violence in dating relationships. Significant between groups differences were found for ethnicity and gender.