Heterosexual and lesbian women's attributions of domestic violence and myth endorsement behaviors

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dc.contributor.advisor Bowman, Sharon L.
dc.contributor.author Minchala, Valerie J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:28:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:28:46Z
dc.date.created 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193432
dc.description.abstract Much research has been conducted about domestic violence using heterosexual women samples. This study investigated how heterosexual and lesbian women make attributions about domestic violence, as well as their myth endorsement behaviors. It also looked at the effect of participants’ egalitarianism on their victim blaming behaviors and the effect of their own victimization on their perpetrator blaming behaviors. Analyses were also conducted to examine the relationship between attribution behaviors and myth endorsement behaviors. ANOVA results indicated that heterosexual and lesbian women tend to exhibit similar patterns in the attributions of blame behaviors, though heterosexual women engaged in greater victim blame and situational blame than did lesbian women. ANCOVA results suggested a relationship between egalitarianism and victim blaming behaviors, but not between victimization history and perpetrator blaming behaviors. Pearson correlation analyses showed that relationships did exist between some attributions and myths, though not between all of them. Finally, ANOVA results indicated that heterosexual and lesbian women engage in similar myth endorsement behaviors, with heterosexual women endorsing myths more than lesbian Heterosexual and Lesbian Women’s ix women. Strengths, limitations, directions for future research, and implications for practice are also discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.format.extent vii, 178 p. : digital, PDF file, col. ill. en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Intimate partner violence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women college students--Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Lesbian college students--Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Responsibility
dc.subject.lcsh Blame
dc.title Heterosexual and lesbian women's attributions of domestic violence and myth endorsement behaviors en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1536751 en_US


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