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Intimate partner violence : do romantic jealousy and sexual prejudices influence our perception of same-sex and opposite-sex IPV?

Lanze, K.M. (2021) Intimate partner violence : do romantic jealousy and sexual prejudices influence our perception of same-sex and opposite-sex IPV?

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Abstract:Next to being a violation of human rights, intimate partner violence (IPV) is primarily a feature of (thwarted) sexual relationships. It is equally prevalent in opposite- as well as same-sex relationships. Romantic jealousy, as part of romantic beliefs, of those not perpetrating IPV seems to lower perceived seriousness of the violent act. Similarly, the sexuality of a couple seems to do the same, whereby same-sex IPV incidents are usually seen as less severe or deserving of criminal prosecution, due to sexual prejudices still being prevalent, even today. Consequently, it is hypothesised that participants will rate an opposite-sex IPV scenario, induced by a partner’s infidelity and resulting jealousy, as worse than a same-sex counterpart. Moreover, these IPV judgements are expected to stand in relationship with participants’ romantic jealousy as well as their sexual prejudices. The research conducted was an experimental, quantitative survey study with a between-subject design. Results revealed that the opposite-sex scenario was seen as significantly more severe than the same-sex scenario. However, this study did not find romantic jealousy or sexual prejudices to influence this effect. It is hypothesised that the non-significant correlations are partly attributable to the homogeneity of the sample. Nevertheless, after implementing the described suggestions, future studies could offer valuable insights into IPV research, which might be transferable to wider contexts such as IPV prevention as well as intervention.
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/87459
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