ERIC Number: ED362826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Marital Violence: The Effect of Provocation on College Students' Perception of an Incident of Wife Abuse.
Meade, Nancy R.
This study was conducted to investigate the attitudes of undergraduate college students (N=168) toward a reported incident of domestic turbulence. The five independent variables investigated were gender, marital status, age, family structure, and personal experiences with abuse. Two scenarios were used; one contained a provocation statement by the wife and the other did not. The scores of statements following the hypothetical police report were the dependent variables. The five statements concerned Seriousness of Incident, Responsibility of the Husband, Responsibility of the Wife, Decision to Call the Police, and Charging the Husband with Assault. Fifty-five comparisons plus 20 recurring comparisons were made. Of the 55 comparisons, 30 were for main effects and 25 were for interactions. Five of the main effect comparisons and four of the interaction comparisons were statistically significant at the .05 level. The findings revealed that subjects who received the no provocation scenario rated the Responsibility of the Husband, Decision to Call the Police, Seriousness of the Incident, and Charging the Husband with Assault statistically higher than did subjects who received the provocation scenario. Subjects who received the provocation scenario rated Responsibility of the Wife higher than did subjects who received the no provocation scenario. Several interactions were found between scenario type and marital status of the respondent. (Questionnaires are appended. Contains 32 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Fort Hays State University.