ERIC Number: ED260341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes toward Women as a Function of Subject's Experience with Family Violence.
Stahly, Geraldine Butts
Evidence is accumulating that experiences of children within the violent family are fundamental causes of the continuing problem of family and societal violence. To examine attitudes and values as a function of experience with family violence, 114 male undergraduate students completed a questionnaire assessing general demographics, and several standardized scales measuring psychosocial attitudes, including the Self-Esteem Inventory, the Balanced F-Scale, and the Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS). Subjects also completed the Family Conflict Tactics Scale which measured family experiences with different styles of conflict resolution. Results indicated a highly significant negative relationship between family total score for physical violence and the AWS; and between high scores for authoritarianism and positive attitudes toward women. In contrast, there was a positive correlation between the AWS and experience as a verbal victim. These findings appear to support the research on battered women that suggests battering men tend to come from physically violent families and that violence against women may be indicative of an underlying set of misogynistic attitudes, rather than simply an example of learned behavior and low impulse control. (KGB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (65th, San Jose, CA, April 18-21, 1985).