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| Published: May 20, 2021

Perceived Nature and Characteristics of Dating Violence among Young Adults in Bengaluru

Shubhanginidevi Jhala

1st year MSc. Psychology (Clinical) Student, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Anagha R

Post graduate diploma in Counselling Psychology Student, Montfort Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Alaaghu M

1st year MA Education Student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Ashwathi P

1st year MSc Psychology Student, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Anupama Rose Mathew

3rd year BSc. Psychology (Honors) Student, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Ananya Manoj Nair

3rd year BSc. Psychology (Honors) Student, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Bhavna Balaji

2nd year BSc. Psychology (Honors) Student, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, B. Sruthi Chaithanya

Full time Breathworker at Prajna Wisdom Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.104.20210902

DOI: 10.25215/0902.104

ABSTRACT

Dating violence in India has been under researched. It has serious consequences that must be addressed and prevented. Understanding the perception of young adults towards dating violence, its characteristics and nature can guide measures to prevent it. A survey was administered to 344 young adults of Bengaluru to understand how they perceive dating violence, its types, prevalence, influence of media and gender, help-seeking behaviors, and skills required to avoid or walk out of abusive dating relationships. The results showed that young adults acknowledged the presence of dating violence, but they did not show complete understanding of what constitutes it, its various types, and ways to seek help. The perceived prevalence of different types of dating abuse was in the order of emotional abuse, verbal abuse, economic abuse, social abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, technological abuse, and cultural/spiritual abuse. Results also revealed that young adults were more likely to seek informal than professional help for dating abuse. The participants outlined their views on the influence of gender and media on dating violence, characteristics of various forms of dating violence and the skills that could be cultivated to prevent and walk out of abusive dating relationships. These findings guide future researches to create adequate evidence-based and tailor made- awareness, prevention and intervention programs for young adults, families and schools to prevent dating violence and its dire consequences.

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Shubhanginidevi Jhala @ jhalashubhi9@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.104.20210902

10.25215/0902.104

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Published in   Volume 09, Issue 2, April-June, 2021