Cross-Cultural Differences in Attitudes toward Domestic Violence between Trinidadian and American College Students
In this study, Trinidadian (n = 194) and American (n = 290) university students were compared on their general attitudes toward domestic violence (DV) as well as their willingness to intervene in a DV situation in five distinct contexts (involving an immediate family member, extended family member, a friend, a neighbor, and a coworker). Results indicated that Trinidadian students were modestly more tolerant of DV compared to American students- a finding that was accounted for primarily by age differences between the two national groups. Also, Trinidadian students reported being significantly less willing to intervene in a DV situation involving a friend, neighbor, and coworker than American students, even after controlling for differences in sociodemographic variables. Regarding gender, women expressed significantly less tolerance for DV than men across nationality. Overall, these findings suggest that even after controlling for important sociodemographic variables, cultures vary in their attitudes toward DV. The findings are discussed in the context of possible cultural differences in individualism versus collectivism.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Family violence -- Cross cultural studies
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Griffith, Sandy, "Cross-Cultural Differences in Attitudes toward Domestic Violence between Trinidadian and American College Students" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 454.