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.
|Commitee:||Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Dan|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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