Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 11–26 | Cite as

The Nature and Correlates of Dating Violence among Jewish and Arab Youths in Israel

  • Moshe ShererEmail author
Original Article


The objectives of this research were to assess the prevalence and severity of dating violence among Jewish and Arab, male and female Israeli youths, to examine the sociodemographic variables related to dating violence among Israeli adolescents, and to assess whether the variables correlated with dating violence differ among Jewish and Arab, male and female youths. The random sample consisted of 1357 students (640 Jewish and 717 Arab youths). We used five types of dating violence measures: threatening, relational, physical, sexual, and verbal abuse. The principal finding is that dating violence is very high among Israeli youths, especially among Arabs. Males show higher mean scores of dating violence, but females are involved in every type of dating violence. The discussion attempts to explain the differences between the two cultures and genders, and considers the theoretical and practical implications of the results.


Dating Violence Adolescence Nationality Jewish Arab 


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  1. 1.Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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