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Acceptability of coercive and controlling behaviours in intimate relationships : the effect of gender, ambivalent sexism, and masculinity.

Stiewe, A.N. (2021) Acceptability of coercive and controlling behaviours in intimate relationships : the effect of gender, ambivalent sexism, and masculinity.

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Abstract:Since 2015 England and Wales criminalized coercive and controlling behaviours (psychological, financial, and emotional abuse). The Serious Crime Act (2015) pays attention to the processes within a relationship used to intimidate and subordinate a partner and that are found to be precursors of later use of physical violence. Prior research indicated that the gender of the perpetrator is a decisive factor for the evaluation of coercive and controlling behaviours (Simon et al., 2001). The present study aims to identify the extent to which the gender of the perpetrator, adherence to masculine gender norms, and ambivalent sexism (benevolent sexism and hostile sexism) influence the acceptability towards coercive and controlling behaviours within an intimate relationship. Additionally, the influence of adherence to masculine gender norms on victim blame has been analysed. The participants (N = 134) read a hypothetical scenario which was manipulated in terms of perpetrator gender and victim gender. Additionally, measurements of attitudes towards masculinity, ambivalent sexism and victim blame were answered. The results generally suggest a low level of acceptability towards coercive and controlling behaviours within the present sample for both perpetrator conditions. Additionally, high levels of hostile sexism were found to enhance the acceptability towards coercive and controlling behaviours.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86584
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