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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Peggy J. Cantrell

Committee Members

Russell W. Brown, Jon B. Ellis


This study examined witnessing domestic violence as a child as a predictor of violent conflict tactics in adult dating relationships. A supportive sibling and a close relationship with the mother were examined as resiliency factors. Participants were 129 men and 256 women enrolled in classes at East Tennessee State University. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, a mother-father conflict resolution form of the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS), The Parent-Child Relationship Survey (PCRS), The Index of Brother and Sister Relations, and a revised form of the CTS that assessed violence in the participants' dating relationship. Analysis of variance was conducted to assess any significant main effects or interaction effects. Results for a general criterion for violence indicated that a supportive mother had a significant effect on violence in current dating relationships. Using the more stringent criterion for violence, a supportive mother and parent abuse had a significant effect on abuse in current dating relationships.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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