The influences of certain social changes and social movements, such as the feminist movement, in society introduced a violence gendered stereotype model that promoted the social idea that males are more violent than females. From the limited research, it appears that domestic violence perpetration among women differs from male domestic violence perpetration; however, research has not clarified the extent of female domestic violence perpetration and the severity of their abusive behaviors. The current research examines gender-specific intimate partner violence perpetration to determine whether attitudes toward social gender role expectations, income contribution and production, and division of labor in the household can explain marital violence using secondary data collected from the National Survey of Families and Households. Findings indicate that significant differences were not found for perpetration of physical violence and attitudes about division of labor among women and men, but there were significant differences for men and women when taking into consideration their attitudes about income contribution, income production, and gender roles.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Applied Sociology; Domestic Violence
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Parra, Michelle, "An Examination of Domestic Violence Perpetration: A Further Look into the Gender Symmetry Debate." (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5121.