Variables That Differentiate College Students with High and Low Level of Dating Violence: An Analysis by Gender

  •  Teresa Iveth Sotelo Quinonez    
  •  Raquel Garcia Flores    
  •  Angel Alberto Valdes Cuervo    
  •  Jesus Tanori Quintana    
  •  Teodoro Rafael Wendlandt Amezaga    


An inquiry was made with respect to differences in personal variables (gender stereotypes, depression, and substance abuse) and relational (tensions in the couple’s relationship and support) in college students with high and low level of violence in dating. A non-random sample of 769 students was selected from a university in southern Sonora of which 397 (52%) were included in the group with high and 372 (48%) with a low level of violence respectively. By discriminant analysis was found that in both genders groups with low level of dating violence reported greater support and lower tensions in the couple’s relationship, also men with lesser violence reported lower substance use and hostile sexism. From the results it can be concluded that dating violence is associated in women with relational variables and in the case of men to a combination of relational and personal aspects.

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