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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
“Role-play”; Hyper-gender ideology and woman’s dating violence perpetration and victimization

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Intimate partner violence (IPV), including physical, psychological, and sexual abuse of one’s partner, is a common and substantial problem in our society. Research has documented various risk (e.g., accepting attitudes) and protective (e.g., self-esteem) factors for IPV perpetration and victimization. Because society typically expects women and men to behave in different ways (e.g., women are not supposed to be violent) (e.g., McHugh et al., 2005), hypergender ideology (also known as gender-role ideology), or an adherence to traditional gender roles has been shown to be related to IPV perpetration and victimization. Using a sample of 17-61-year-olds, Fizpatrick et al. (2004) found that gender-role ideology was related to women’s physical and psychological IPV perpetration and victimization. However, not only did Fitzpatrick et al.’s (2004) study include a wide age range of participants that may have influenced their results, but they also neglected to include sexual IPV in their study. Thus, the goal of the current study was to investigate the relationship between hypergender ideology and physical, psychological, and sexual IPV victimization and perpetration among college-aged young adults (i.e., aged 18-30), as this age group has a heightened risk of victimization and perpetration (e.g., Fisher et al., 2000). This study surveyed 335 women from a New England university who had been in a relationship in the past year. They were questioned on their experiences of IPV victimization and perpetration, as well as the extent to which they displayed hypergender ideology. We found that high levels of hypergender ideology were related to women’s physical IPV victimization, as well as their sexual and physical IPV perpetration. These results show that adhering to traditional gender roles may have implications for women’s use and receipt of partner aggression. Furthermore, these findings highlight the importance of education on the implications of adhering to gender roles in IPV prevention.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST