Date of Award

Summer 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling & Human Services


Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Director

Danica G. Hays

Committee Member

Theodore Remley

Committee Member

Laurie Craigen


This study was related to the initial development and validation of the instrument, the Teen Screen for Dating Violence (TSDV). The TSDV is an assessment tool that screens for adolescent dating violence perpetration and victimization. It examines perceptions, experiences, perpetration, and exposure to dating violence as well as available support systems for adolescents. Literature shows that dating violence among the adolescent population is on the rise and adolescent dating violence mimics many of the patterns of adult intimate partner violence. Children who grow up in homes with violence are more likely to continue the cycle of violence in their future relationships. Through assessment and screening for dating violence victimization and perpetration, adolescents who are high risk for continuing the cycle of violence can be identified for early intervention and prevention measures. There is a lack of assessment tools that screen for adolescent dating violence. This research study presents the rigorous development and validation processes of the TSDV. Findings outline the factor structure of the TSDV, which is supported through the use of exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, as well as evidence of reliability and validity. The TSDV is an easy to use assessment tool that can be used in a variety of settings to screen and assess for dating violence.


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