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What about the Male Victims? Exploring the Impact of Gender Stereotyping on Implicit Attitudes and Behavioural Intentions Associated with Intimate Partner Violence

Bates, Elizabeth A; Kaye, Linda K; Pennington, Charlotte R; Hamlin, Iain

Authors

Elizabeth A Bates

Linda K Kaye

Iain Hamlin



Abstract

© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Although intimate partner violence (IPV) is considered stereotypically as a gendered phenomenon, empirical evidence contradicts such gender asymmetry in reported rates of victimisation and perpetration. The current research explored the impact of stereotype priming on implicit attitudes associated with IPV victimisation (Study 1) and perpetration (Study 2), and further examined behavioural intentions associated with hypothetical gendered scenarios of IPV. Participants recruited in the United Kingdom were primed with either stereotype congruent, incongruent or no information about IPV victimisation (Study 1, n = 122) or perpetration rates (Study 2, n = 101). They then completed an Implicit Association Test and reported their subjective norms, self-efficacy, behavioural intentions, and outcome expectancies pertaining to different scenarios depicting gendered IPV. Findings indicate that priming an incongruent stereotype did not impact significantly on implicit or explicit attitudes toward IPV. Gendered scenarios were found to be influential on explicit attitudes, with IPV less likely to be identified toward male victims and considered more acceptable compared to when the victim was female. Moreover, individuals reported feeling more capable and likely to intervene in an act of IPV when the victim was female compared to male, were more likely to report such an incident, and anticipated greater outcomes. These findings highlight the need for an inclusive research approach that recognises men’s victimisation.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 15, 2019
Journal Sex Roles
Print ISSN 0360-0025
Electronic ISSN 1573-2762
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Issue 1-2
Pages 1-15
APA6 Citation Bates, E. A., Kaye, L. K., Pennington, C. R., & Hamlin, I. (2019). What about the Male Victims? Exploring the Impact of Gender Stereotyping on Implicit Attitudes and Behavioural Intentions Associated with Intimate Partner Violence. Sex Roles, 81(1-2), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0949-x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0949-x
Keywords intimate partner violence, stereotypes, implicit association test, gender, behavioural intentions, domestic violence
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0949-x
Additional Information Additional Information : The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0949-x

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