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The Role of Gender and Past Experiences in Relation to the Acceptability of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour

Lindenberg, Alica (2021) The Role of Gender and Past Experiences in Relation to the Acceptability of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour.

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Abstract:Participants (N = 127, Mage = 24.13, SDage = 7.82; 98 female, 29 male) were randomly allocated to either read a story of a couple in which the female is exercising controlling and coercive behaviour towards her boyfriend (n = 64, female = 48, male = 16) or a story in which a male is exercising controlling and coercive behaviour towards his girlfriend (n = 63, female = 50, male = 13). Afterwards, participants had to rate each occurring coercive and controlling behaviour on a scale from 0 to 100, with higher numbers indicating a higher acceptability towards the behaviour (N = 127, M = 13.91, SD = 11.12). Lastly, participants had to indicate whether they were exposed to any abusive behaviour from their partner in the last 12 months. Participants that indicated being exposed to abuse 12 months prior to the survey, showed significantly higher acceptability of coercive and controlling behaviour [F(1, 73) = 4.99 p = .029, η2 = .06]. Indicating that abusive past experiences influence the way coercive and controlling behaviour is perceived, leading to more tolerance towards it. Against prior findings and hypotheses, men accepted coercive and controlling behaviour more than women, when it was directed towards men [t(58.67) = 3.26, p=.002].
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/86860
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