Date of Award

Summer 2000

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

Donald H. Smith

Committee Member

James A. Nolan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 M66


The primary purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between previous exposure to violent situation and an individual's tolerance level of dating violence. In addition, the effect that intervention, in this case a film, can have on one's perception is also examined. This research is quasi-experimental in design and uses a pre-test/post-test design. A baseline sample of 137 Old Dominion University undergraduate students was surveyed at time one at which previous exposure to conflict situations as well as tolerance levels to dating violence were assessed. The film was presented between times one and two. The post-test was given at varying intervals following the presentation of the film and measured the degree of change in perceptions of couple violence. Analyses revealed that there is only minimal support for the hypothesis that exposure to violent situations will increase one's tolerance of violence in situations of relationship conflict. In addition, there was no significant change in attitudes between the pre-test and the post-test conducted after having viewed the film.


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