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Taking stock of behavioral measures of adolescent dating violence

The past 2 decades have witnessed an increase in dating violence awareness and research. As the field evolves, it is critical to examine the definition and measurement of adolescent dating violence. This article summarizes the behavioral measures of adolescent dating violence used in the field. Based on a review of the literature and federally funded studies, we identified 48 different measures. The most commonly used measures were the Conflict Tactics Scale-2, the Safe Dates Scale, and the Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationship Inventory, which all examine aspects of psychological, physical, and sexual violence. Researchers also adapted or created their own measures. This article concludes with a discussion of developments for consideration as the field moves forward.

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Smith, J., Mulford, C., Latzman, N., Tharp, A., Niolon, P., & Blachman-Demner, D. (2015). Taking stock of behavioral measures of adolescent dating violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 24(5), 674 - 692. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2015.1049767