Social factor and victim-offender differences in courtship violence

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Social factor differences between respondents with and without courtship violence experience and between male offenders and female victims were explored. Data from the Seven College Survey revealed that those with courtship violence experience (victims and offenders) exhibit relatively “problematic” social profiles. Especially significant were race, religion, social stress, isolation, disrupted home, distant-harsh parenting, early dating, and school, employment, and alcohol problems. Offenders differed from victims in closeness to male parents and frequency of church attendance.

Implications for relevance of the theory of patriarchy to courtship, and for parent education and the counseling professions are discussed.