dating violence; partner abuse; prevention


This study utilizes the Health Belief Model (HBM) to examine the factors related to the intention to participate in prevention programming for dating violence. Perceptions of susceptibility to future violence and the benefits of prevention programming appear to be the strongest predictors of participation in prevention programs. Perceptions of the severity of dating violence do not appear to be related to intentions to participate. There were no differences in intention between those reporting psychological or physical violence in their dating relationship, although some of the HBM factors were associated with a history of violence. Contrary to hypotheses, psychological and physical violence did not moderate the impact of the HBM factors on intention. Implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations for recruiting participants for primary and secondary prevention programs are offered.


Original Citation: Cornelius, Tara L., Kieran T. Sullivan, Nicole Wyngarden, and Jennifer C. Milliken. "Participation in Prevention Programs for Dating Violence: Beliefs about Relationship Violence and Intention to Participate." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 24, no. 6 (2009): 1057-1078.