The attitudes towards dating violence scales development and initial validation
These studies aimed to determine New Brunswick adolescents’ experiences with and attitudes toward psychological, physical and sexual dating violence.In order to facilitate this research we first developed a series of scales assessing attitudes toward dating violence that were appropriate for youth. Adolescent girls' and boys' experiences of psychologically, physically, and sexually agressive behaviors in their dating relationships: Co-occurrence and emotional reaction.These scales measure attitudes toward use of psychological, physical, and sexual dating violence, respectively, by boys and by girls.
The results of this research have been published as part of the Publication Series of the Muriel Mc Queen Fergusson Centre. Heather Sears, We found that 19% of the boys and 26% of the girls reported having used two or mroe forms of dating violence; Use of multiple forms of dating violence was associated with attitudes toward and experience of dating violence.
I have been involved with two collaborative, multidisciplinary action-oriented teams conducting research related to dating violence: The Dating Violence Research Team and the Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention.