The Impact of Gender on Perceptions of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse is not a saturated research topic in the field of psychology, specifically studies focusing on its frequency in intimate relationships. The occurrence of emotional abuse in intimate relationships is high "with rates ranging from 56% to more than 90% in studies focusing on the current or most recent dating relationship" (Simonelli & Ingram, 1998, p. 678). Emotional abuse is an important area of research because of its frequency, consequences for the victim and its potential to predict physical violence in intimate relationships (Murphy & O'Leary, 1989). This study investigates the impact of gender on perceptions of emotional abuse. A sample of undergraduate students from a large southeastern college were asked to read a series of eight counter balanced vignettes; two illustrating covert or mild emotional abuse, two illustrating overt or harsh emotional abuse, two illustrating intermediate emotional abuse between covert and overt abuse, and two neutral vignettes that did not illustrate abuse. One half of the sample read the vignettes where the victim is female and the perpetrator is male, the other half read the exact same vignette where only gender was manipulated; the victim was male and the perpetrator was female. The sample participants were asked to answer twenty-four questions about their opinion pertaining to the relationship of each couple and their situation on a six point Likert scale.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Psychological abuse
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Brown, Ashley, "The Impact of Gender on Perceptions of Emotional Abuse" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 499.