Perpetration in Dating Relationships

How many times have you ever done the following things to a person that you have been on a date with?
Only include when you did it to him/her first. In other words‚ don’t count it if you did it in self-defense.
1. Scratched them
2. Slapped them
3. Physically twisted their arm
4. Slammed or held them against a wall
5. Kicked them
6. Bent my fingers
7. Bit them
8. Tried to choke them
9. Pushed‚ grabbed‚ or shoved them
10. Dumped them out of a car
11. Threw something at them that hit them
12. Forced them to have sex
13. Forced them to do other sexual things that they did not want to do
14. Burned me  
15. Hit them with my fist
16. Hit them with something hard besides my fist
17. Beat them up
18. Assaulted them with a knife or gun
The scale measures self-reported perpetration of physical violence within dating relationships. Respondents are asked to indicate the number of times they have ever performed certain violent acts to their date.
This instrument can be found on pages 202-203 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: .
Students in grades 8-9.
Never=0‚ 1 to 3 times=1‚ 4 to 9 times=2‚ 10 or more times=3
Point values are as indicated above. The score is calculated by summing the point values of the responses from a participant. Alternatively‚ the score can be derived by summing the point values and dividing by the total number of responses. A high score indicates a high level of perpetration in dating relationships; a low score indicates a low level of perpetration.

Foshee VA‚ Linder F‚ Bauman KE‚ et al. The Safe Dates Project: theoretical basis‚ evaluation design‚ and se‎lected baseline findings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine‚ 1996;12(5 Suppl):39-47.