Relationship dissolution and psychologically aggressive dating relationships: Preliminary findings from a college-based relationship education course

Sesen Negash, Jaclyn D. Cravens, Preston C. Brown, Frank D. Fincham

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Abstract

This study evaluated the impact of a relationship education program, delivered as part of a college course, among students (N 5 152) who reported experiencing psychological aggression in their exclusive dating relationship. Preliminary results showed that compared to those in the control group, participants receiving relationship education were significantly more likely to end their romantic relationship, even after controlling for relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, when relationship termination occurred, those in the intervention group were significantly more likely to attribute the breakup to their participation in the class as compared to those in the control group. The tentative findings are an important preliminary step in assessing the benefits of relationship education in reducing the risk of psychological aggression among college students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-937
Number of pages17
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Dating
  • Intervention
  • Psychological aggression
  • Relationship education
  • Young adults

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