Peer Involvement in Adolescent Dating Violence

Pam S. Stephenson, Donna Martsolf, Claire Burke Draucker

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This study investigated the ways in which peers are involved in adolescent dating violence. Eighty-eight young adults aged 18-21 were interviewed and asked to reflect on aggressive dating relationships they experienced as teens. The researchers used grounded theory to analyze the data. Findings showed that male and female peers were involved in adolescent dating violence in unique ways. Male peers were involved in dating violence by participating in the aggression, agitating the aggression, being the competition, trivializing the aggression, and keeping tabs on the recipient. Female peers were involved in dating violence by deserting the recipient, cheating with the boyfriend, being the audience, needling the male dating partner, and helping the recipient. Male and female peers were involved similarly in adolescent dating violence by confronting the partner. School nurses working with adolescents are uniquely positioned to approach adolescents about dating violence. Interventions aimed at promoting discussions with adolescents are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013


  • aggression
  • peers/friends
  • romantic relationships
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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