Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 23–36 | Cite as

Violence and Sexual Coercion in High School Students' Dating Relationships

  • Susan M. Jackson
  • Fiona Cram
  • Fred W. Seymour


A review of the dating violence literature reveals a limited number of studies with high school students and few studies that investigate the contextual issues of violence, such as meaning, motivation, and consequences. The present study sought to investigate the extent of dating violence victimization in a New Zealand sample of senior high school students (aged 16 to 18 years) and the perceived reasons for the violence, emotional effects, disclosure of the violence, and relationship consequences. A questionnaire that contained both open-ended and forced-choice items pertaining to experiences of violence and its consequences was developed using material gathered from focus group discussions with high school students. Findings showed gender similarity in the extent of violence and a number of significant gender differences in the aftermath of violence, particularly in the area of sexual coercion. These findings are discussed in the context of future research and prevention of dating violence.

dating violence high school prevention sexual coercion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Jackson
    • 1
  • Fiona Cram
    • 1
  • Fred W. Seymour
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Auckland, AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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