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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Predictors of Tolerant Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence

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Intimate relationships are often a source of comfort and security. Ironically, for many individuals these same relationships can be a source of fear and violence. As such, it is worthwhile to invest scholarly research into examining how these supposed loving bonds can go awry. Although an extensive amount of research has focused on both individual and societal factors implicated in the perpetration of intimate partner violence, less attention has been given to studying variables that may be associated with victimization. The current research was interested in examining whether attachment style, particularly fear of abandonment, as well as self-esteem and internalized attitudes toward women are meaningful predictors of tolerant attitudes towards intimate partner violence. Specifically, it was predicted that women who score high on measures of both fear of abandonment and internalization of traditional attitudes towards women, as well as those who score low on a measure of self-esteem, would be likely to report tolerant attitudes toward intimate partner violence. 94 female Carleton University students between the ages of 17 and 25 were recruited from the Carleton participant pool using the online SONA sign-up system. Each participant completed a questionnaire online at a secure site (Qualtrics) that took approximately 15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire included measures that assessed how participants scored on each of these variables. As predicted, regression analyses found that fear of abandonment was a marginally significant predictor of tolerant attitudes toward intimate partner violence, particularly for sexual violence. Self-esteem and internalization of traditional attitudes toward women did not appear to be meaningful predictors. The implications of this research, as well as important future directions, are explored in depth.

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