The stages of restriction in romantic relationships

[Speaker] Kataoka, Sho:1
1:Seinan Gakuin University (Japan)

Problematic behaviors in romantic relationships range from mild to severe. Restriction could be classified as mild behavior, while violence is severe behavior. Romantic relationships displaying high levels of restriction are at high risk of becoming violent. As a first step in the development of a method of prevention, this study investigated the stages of restriction in romantic relationships. To measure the degree of restriction, the Restriction Degree Scale developed by Kataoka (2015) was used. The participants were 403 individuals (195 males, 208 females) who had experienced romantic relationships. Using LRT (Latent Rank Theory) analysis, we identified three stages of restriction: low, medium, and high. In future studies, the stages of violent behavior will be identified.
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