This study begins to fi ll the methodological gap in the dating violence literature by using hierarchical linear modeling to: (a) examine whether partners agree on reports of their experiences with violence in their relationship; and (b) identify factors that may explain differences in these reports. Data from the Relationship Dimensions Survey, a survey given to 214 late adolescent dating couples were utilized. Results indicated that there was signif- icant variation in the report of dating violence perpetration and in the gender effect across couples, but not within couples. These differences were explained by individual- and rela- tionship-related characteristics, including physical abuse from a parent during childhood, and for males’ perpetration only, whether they drank alcohol. Implications for violence prevention are discussed.
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