Dating in junior high

Given the fact that there has been a drastic increase in early dating, and thus early sexual engagement among Japanese adolescents [5] as well as the detrimental consequences of dating violence on adolescents’ well-being, early prevention of dating violence is a major and urgent challenge for today’s Japanese society.

As Theriot [12] stated, dating violence among adolescents is a serious form of school violence.

The results indicated that boys who had more knowledge of dating violence, who focused on an equal dating relationship, and had a positive relationship with their teachers showed a greater ability to recognize the signs of dating violence.

In addition, boys with a conservative attitude toward sexual activity showed a greater ability to recognize the signs of physical and sexual violence.

The survey examined gender, recognition of the signs of dating violence, knowledge of dating violence, self-esteem, attitudes toward sexual activity, attitudes toward an equal dating relationship, and relationships with school teachers.

Multiple linear regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of the ability of boys and girls respondents to recognize the signs of physical and psychological dating violence.

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