The wide variations in prevalence of teen dating violence among studies may be the result of the lack of uniform definitions of dating violence, use of different instruments to assess the violence, and lack of a uniform definition for the ages of adolescents.
Gender does not protect from being a victim or a perpetrator of physical dating violence.
Students self-reported regarding dating history and current relationship status; the Modified Contact Tactis Scale was utilized to assess an individual’s means of resolving conflict with a partner.
As noted in previous studies findings included a greater percentage of females reported perpetrating physical dating violence than males.
Fosbee, Linder, Bauman, Langwick, Airiaga, and Heath (1996) in a study of (N=1,405) rural, primarily Causasian, adolescents and Molidor, Tolman, and Kober (2000) in a population based survey of Midwestern adolescents (N=15,000) found no significant difference in teen dating violence victimization by gender; however, girls between the ages of 12 and 19 years reported more severe physical violence than boys.
Girls were more likely to disclose perpetrating physical dating violence (27.8%) than boys (15%), however, more girls (14.9%) reported perpetration of violence in self-defense as compared to boys (5.4%).