Date Approved

6-28-2018

Embargo Period

6-29-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Clinical Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Angelone, D. J.

Second Advisor

Joppa, Meredith

Third Advisor

Dinzeo, Thomas

Subject(s)

College athletes; Dating violence

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology

Abstract

College students are at particular risk for dating violence (DV) perpetration and victimization. One group of college students who may be at increased risk is college student-athletes. Currently, no information exists on the dating and relationship behaviors of both male and female Division III student-athletes. The current study looks to identify both the frequency of DV perpetration and victimization among men and women along with specific risk factors for DV perpetration and victimization. We hypothesize that hazardous drinking and hostile sexism may be risk factors for DV perpetration and victimization among men and women. Among men, both hostile sexism and hazardous drinking were predictive of DV perpetration and victimization. Among women, hazardous drinking was predictive of DV perpetration while both hazardous drinking and hostile sexism were predictive of DV victimization. These findings may serve as an important first step in identifying behaviors that contribute to DV among student-athletes, and can be used to inform future prevention interventions aimed at decreasing DV among student-athletes.

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