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2018, Cilt 9, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 170-176
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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND ANXIETY/HOPELESSNESS AMONG WOMEN STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY
Hacer Alan Dikmen1, Tuba Özaydın2, Sema Dereli Yılmaz3
1Selçuk Üniversitesi, Ebelik Bölümü, Konya, Türkiye
2Selçuk Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Konya, Türkiye
3Selçuk Üniversitesi, Ebelik Bölümü, Konya, Türkiye
Keywords: Anxiety, dating violence, hopelessness

Objectives: The aim of this research was to identify the relationship between dating violence against women who study in university, and their anxiety/hopelessness levels.

Materials and methods: This is a descriptive and cross-sectional research. Data were obtained between December 2013 and May 2014 from a total of 500 female university students who have romantic relationships, and agreed to participate in the study by a self-reporting method. For data collection, a questionnaire form which evaluates social-demographic characteristics of participants along with their exposure to violence was used. The study also utilized Beck Hopelessness and Beck Anxiety Scale. For data analysis; number, percentage, mean, standard deviation and Mann-Whitney U test were used. All local, ethical permissions were obtained prior to research.

Results: The mean age of female students participated in the study was 21.05±1.81 while mean age of their partners was 22.99±2.91. 88% of female students had been subjected to emotional violence, 22.2% of them had been subjected to verbal abuse, 21.4% of them had been economically abused, 16.4% of them had been subjected to physical violence, and 7.2% of them had been subjected to sexual violence by their partners. While there was a statistically significant correlation between anxiety levels of students and them being subjected to emotional, verbal, sexual, and economical abuse/violence (p<0.05), there was also a statistically significant correlation between hopelessness levels of students and them being subjected to verbal, physical, sexual and economical abuse/violence (p<0.05).

Conclusions: All types of violence against women students were observed to be quite common, and this caused the anxiety levels of students to increase. Despite the violence, hopelessness/despair of students seemed low. This suggests that violence may not have too much influence regarding hopelessness/despair levels of young, single individuals.