Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Dating Violence Among North American Indigenous Adolescents

Dane S. Hautala, Kelley J. Sittner Hartshorn, Brian Armenta, Les Whitbeck

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This study examined the lifetime prevalence of physical dating violence, including victimization, perpetration, and the overlap between the two (mutual violence), among a population sample of 551 reservation/reserve residing Indigenous (i.e., American Indian and Canadian First Nations) adolescents in the upper-Midwest of the United States and Canada. Potential correlates of four dating violence profiles (i.e., no dating violence, perpetration only, victimization only, and mutual violence) relevant to this population also were considered. The clearest pattern to emerge from multinomial logistic regression analyses suggested that adolescents who engage in problem behaviors, exhibit high levels of anger, and perceive high levels of discrimination have increased odds of lifetime mutual dating violence relative to those reporting no dating violence. Furthermore, gender comparisons indicated that females were more likely to report being perpetrators only, whereas males were more likely to report being victims only. Considerations of dating violence profiles and culturally relevant prevention strategies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-317
Number of pages23
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • American Indian
  • First Nations
  • correlates
  • dating violence
  • discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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