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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Stephanie Zanowski, PhD

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Intimate partner violence; Spousal abuse; Family violence


There are social consequences of society's attitudes toward intimate partner violence (IPV). Attitudes could affect the rate of reported incidents, treatment of cases by judges, juries, and police, and treatment by medical and mental health providers. The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in attitudes toward IPV based on relationships with victims of IPV and perceived degree of closeness of those relationships. The hypothesis stated that participants who do know a victim of IPV would have lower acceptance of IPV and those who do not know a victim of IPV would have higher acceptance of IPV. In addition, participants who reported a closer relationship with a victim of IPV would have less acceptance of IPV than those who reported a relationship with a lower degree of closeness. There was a slight difference in the two groups but the results were not statistically significant to support the hypothesis.


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