The Influence of Popular Romanticized Media on Adolescent College Students’ Perceptions of Dating Relationships and Dating Violence: A Focus on the Twilight Series
Human Development and Family Studies
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An online survey data collection and subsequent analysis were conducted to determine the influences on adolescent college students’ perceptions of dating relationships and dating violence. Specifically, the study analyzed whether romanticized media, such as the Twilight series, had an impact on the respondents’ perceptions of violent dating relationships. Moreover, this research attempted to identify if there was a relationship between an adolescent college students’ perception of their family environment and/or demographics and their own self-reporting on dating violence behaviors. The key findings from this study reveal a significant correlation between dating violence victimization occurrences and dating violence perpetration occurrences. Moreover, this study revealed that as dating violence victimization occurrences went up, perceiving the Twilight relationships as romantic went down. Furthermore, this study revealed there was a significant negative correlation between perceptions that the Twilight relationships were romantic and perceptions that the relationships were violent. Findings contribute to the understanding of adolescent dating violence behaviors, occurrences, and the influences that impact adolescent perceptions in regard to violent, romantic relationships.