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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of Psychological Abuse and the Impact of Blame and Gender Role Beliefs
by Bono, Stephanie, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2013, 57; 1546511
Abstract (Summary)

Psychological abuse in intimate partnerships has been largely understudied, despite the potential consequences victims face. Low self-esteem, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, and chronic health conditions have all been linked to the experience of psychological abuse. Previous literature has indicated that psychological abuse is often a precursor to physical violence, and that the effects of psychological abuse are often longer lasting and more severe than those of physical abuse. Prior research has found that blame attribution impacts how individuals perceive psychological abuse, and have examined how gender role beliefs influence perceptions of psychological abuse. This study aimed to further explore how these variables influence perceptions of psychologically abusive situations. A total of 150 participants completed an online survey, and several analyses were conducted. Results suggested that individuals who identified the scenario in the vignette to be abusive were less likely to blame the victim in the psychologically abusive vignette, and that individuals with egalitarian beliefs may be more likely to identify psychologically abusive situations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Danice
Commitee: Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Dan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychobiology
Publication Number: 1546511
ISBN: 978-1-303-45822-4
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