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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-6

Escalation: Raising the college students' awareness regarding early signs of abusive relationships

1 Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI, USA
2 University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, Florida, USA
3 St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA

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Dr, Abir K Bekhet
Marquette University College of Nursing, Clark Hall 530 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee, Wi 53233
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/hm.hm_23_19

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Background: Abusive relationships are highly prevalent in our society, but often go unnoticed. Research showed that dating violence continues to escalate in college student populations. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the video as a chosen method of education in raising the college students' awareness regarding warning signs of an abusive relationship. Design: This study used a descriptive qualitative design. Sample/Data Collection: Five focus groups of college students' participants (freshmen to seniors) were recruited to participate in the “Escalation” workshop. To facilitate discussion, each focus group originally had 15 college students for a total of 75 college students' participants. Five participants dropped of the study the last minute due to conflicting schedules and personal situations. Each focus group lasted for 90 min and consisted of watching a 38 min “Escalation” video that depicts scenarios of abusive relationships and a pre- and a post-qualitative discussion. Results: The results of the study and the identified themes illustrate the broadened perspectives participants gained through participating in the workshop. Insights from participants became less focused on physical abuse and began to include more mental and emotional effects of abuse in their responses. This study showed that most participants were not previously aware of the progression and scope of violent relationships. Discussion/Conclusion: By recognizing the early signs of an abusive relationship, it is more likely for victims and/or peers to intervene in a safe manner rather than continuing to allow an abusive relationship to escalate to its full potential of violence and physical harm.

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