Dating Violence Study: A Test of DeKeseredy's and Schwatz's (1998) Male Peer Support Theory

Samantha O'Hara, Southern District of Iowa

ABSTRACT
Components of social learning theory, and specifically male peer support theory, have been operationalized and tested to examine predictors of dating violence in this study. Males from a student population at a mid-sized public university was the sample used to assess the usage of violence and/or sexual abuse in a dating relationship. Male peer support theory, as postulated by DeKeseredy and Schwartz (1998 and in earlier works), is discussed in-depth. Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the validity of the hypotheses. Significant support was found for the prediction value of ideas derived from male peer support theory. Additional research to investigate this promising theory is suggested.

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