Author

Sarah Ramsey

Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Rosenbaum, Alan

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Clinical psychology

Abstract

Research suggests that female-perpetrated intimate partner violence against a male partner (i.e., FTM IPV) may be viewed differently than male-perpetrated IPV against a female partner (i.e., MTF IPV) with regard to how acceptable and aggressive these acts are perceived. The current study utilized a unique methodological approach to examine 240 participants' (117 men and 123 women) perceptions of acceptability and aggressiveness while viewing audio-visual depictions of MTF IPV and FTM IPV scenarios. Contrary to predictions, results indicated that female participants rated the FTM, but not the MTF, IPV scenario as significantly more acceptable than male participants. No significant differences were found between male and female participants regarding how aggressive they rated the MTF IPV and FTM IPV scenarios. However, as anticipated, both male and female participants rated the FTM IPV scenario as significantly more acceptable and less aggressive than the MTF IPV scenario. Further, the results indicated that participant sex and perpetrator sex did not interact to influence acceptability or aggressiveness ratings of the MTF IPV or FTM IPV scenarios. Finally, the results demonstrated that male and female participants' greater acceptability of FTM IPV as compared to MTF IPV remained even when controlling for the perceived aggressiveness level across these two scenarios. The findings have important research and clinical implications for the development of more effective IPV prevention and intervention programs, particularly programs tailored to female perpetrators of IPV, as well as even broader implications for both public health and safety.

Comments

Advisors: Alan Rosenbaum.||Committee members: Julie Crouch; Angela Grippo; Michelle Lilly; Kristen Myers; Brad Sagarin.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

viii, 121 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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