The study was aimed at determining university students exposure to psychological, physical, sexual dating violence
and the relationship between attitudes towards dating violence and perception of gender, and exposure to psychological,
physical, sexual dating violence.
Material-Method: This cross-sectional study was performed at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University between January 2017 and April
2017. The study population comprised 292 students studying in the Department of Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The
data were collected by the researchers using the Personal Information Form, The Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Scale, and
Gender Perception Scale. In the analysis, descriptive statistics, Chi Square, Kolmogrow Smirnow test, Mann Whitney U test were
used. The p value of <0.05 was considered significant.
Results: During the study, 45.4% of the participating students were dating. Of them, 39.5%, 8.5% and 3.9% were exposed to
psychological, physical and sexual dating violence, respectively. While rates for exposure to psychological violence were higher in
girls, rates for exposure to physical violence were higher in those who were exposed to dating violence previously (p<0.001). In
those exposed to physical violence, the mean score for the Gender Perception Scale was low (p<0,001), but the mean score for the
Attitudes Towards Male Psychological and Physical Dating Violence Scale was high (p<0,005).
Conclusion: The present study determined that students are exposed to high levels of dating violence, that violence is an issue
resulting from gender-related negative norms, and that acceptance of violence is a risk factor in terms of exposure to physical violence.