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Social norms for intimate partner violence in situations involving victim infidelity.
J Interpers Violence. 2012 Nov; 27(17):3389-404.JI

Abstract

The present study investigated perceived descriptive norms (i.e., perceived prevalence) for male-to-female intimate partner violence (IPV) following victim infidelity (i.e., girlfriend had sex with another man). While watching a video-taped vignette of a young, dating couple in an argument that escalated to male-to-female violence, male participants were asked various questions to assess perceived descriptive norms at several time points during the escalating argument. Half of the participants were told that the victim in the video was unfaithful. Results suggested that while participants did believe that it was much more common for their male friends and for typical male students to aggress against unfaithful girlfriends compared to faithful girlfriends, these differences were less pronounced as the aggression intensified. When testing whether perceived norms for IPV were related to participants' purported risk of engaging in IPV, a clear pattern appeared: For the no-infidelity condition, IPV perceived norms for male friends and perceived norms for typical male students were each significantly related to participants' likelihood of engaging in IPV, such that the higher the estimated norm, the higher the participants' risk. However, for the infidelity condition, only perceived norms for male friends were related to the risk of engaging in IPV. Findings have important implications for social norms-based intervention and prevention programs for IPV on college campuses.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL 35254, USA. twitte@bsc.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22610833

Citation

Witte, Tricia H., and Mazheruddin M. Mulla. "Social Norms for Intimate Partner Violence in Situations Involving Victim Infidelity." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 27, no. 17, 2012, pp. 3389-404.
Witte TH, Mulla MM. Social norms for intimate partner violence in situations involving victim infidelity. J Interpers Violence. 2012;27(17):3389-404.
Witte, T. H., & Mulla, M. M. (2012). Social norms for intimate partner violence in situations involving victim infidelity. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(17), 3389-404. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260512445381
Witte TH, Mulla MM. Social Norms for Intimate Partner Violence in Situations Involving Victim Infidelity. J Interpers Violence. 2012;27(17):3389-404. PubMed PMID: 22610833.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social norms for intimate partner violence in situations involving victim infidelity. AU - Witte,Tricia H, AU - Mulla,Mazheruddin M, Y1 - 2012/05/18/ PY - 2012/5/22/entrez PY - 2012/5/23/pubmed PY - 2013/4/9/medline SP - 3389 EP - 404 JF - Journal of interpersonal violence JO - J Interpers Violence VL - 27 IS - 17 N2 - The present study investigated perceived descriptive norms (i.e., perceived prevalence) for male-to-female intimate partner violence (IPV) following victim infidelity (i.e., girlfriend had sex with another man). While watching a video-taped vignette of a young, dating couple in an argument that escalated to male-to-female violence, male participants were asked various questions to assess perceived descriptive norms at several time points during the escalating argument. Half of the participants were told that the victim in the video was unfaithful. Results suggested that while participants did believe that it was much more common for their male friends and for typical male students to aggress against unfaithful girlfriends compared to faithful girlfriends, these differences were less pronounced as the aggression intensified. When testing whether perceived norms for IPV were related to participants' purported risk of engaging in IPV, a clear pattern appeared: For the no-infidelity condition, IPV perceived norms for male friends and perceived norms for typical male students were each significantly related to participants' likelihood of engaging in IPV, such that the higher the estimated norm, the higher the participants' risk. However, for the infidelity condition, only perceived norms for male friends were related to the risk of engaging in IPV. Findings have important implications for social norms-based intervention and prevention programs for IPV on college campuses. SN - 1552-6518 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22610833/Social_norms_for_intimate_partner_violence_in_situations_involving_victim_infidelity_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0886260512445381?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -