Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 351–375

The Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Scales: Development and Initial Validation

Authors

  • E. Lisa Price
    • University of New Brunswick
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of New Brunswick
  • Nicole Belliveau
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Robert Bonner
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Bruno Caron
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Daniel Doiron
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Jan Greenough
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Alice Guerette-Breau
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Leslie Hicks
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Aline Landry
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Brigitte Lavoie
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Margaret Layden-Oreto
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Linda Legere
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Suzanne Lemieux
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Marie-Berthe Lirette
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Gabrielle Maillet
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Carol McMullin
    • Dating Violence Research Team
  • Rebecca Moore
    • Dating Violence Research Team
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022830114772

Cite this article as:
Price, E.L., Byers, E.S., Belliveau, N. et al. Journal of Family Violence (1999) 14: 351. doi:10.1023/A:1022830114772
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Abstract

This study describes the development and validation of three Attitudes Towards Male Dating Violence (AMDV) Scales and three Attitudes Towards Female Dating Violence (AFDV) Scales. These scales measure attitudes toward use of psychological, physical, and sexual dating violence, respectively, by boys and by girls. Eight hundred twenty-three students from grades 7, 9, and 11 participated in the validation study. All six scales have good internal consistencies. As predicted, students were more accepting of girls' use of violence than of boys' use of violence, and boys were more accepting of violence than were girls. The six scales were positively correlated with traditional attitudes toward gender roles and with each other, providing evidence for their construct validity. Higher scores on the AMDV Scales were related to boys' past use of violence in dating relationships and to their having aggressive friends, supporting their criterion-related validity. Higher scores on the AFDV Scales were associated with girls' past use of dating violence but not with their having aggressive friends, providing partial support for their criterion-related validity. Singly or in combination, the Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Scales can be used to increase our understanding of the development and maintenance of violence-supportive attitudes in adolescents of all ages.

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