ERIC Number: EJ774517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 15
The Influence of Length of Marriage and Fidelity Status on Perception of Marital Rape
Munge, Bethany A.; Pomerantz, Andrew M.; Pettibone, Jonathan C.; Falconer, Jameca W.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v22 n10 p1332-1339 2007
To what extent does the length of the marriage or the wife's faithfulness to the husband influence the perception of responsibility or trauma in marital rape? In the current study, each participant was presented with one of four marital rape vignettes. The vignettes varied only in the length of the marriage (3 years or 15 years) and the fidelity status of the wife (continuously faithful or involved in an ongoing sexual affair with another man). Results indicate that both length of marriage and fidelity status significantly influence perceptions of marital rape. Specifically, participants assigned greater responsibility for the rape to unfaithful wives than to faithful wives. This finding is particularly salient for wives in long-term marriages as compared to wives in short-term marriages. Additionally, participants perceived rapes within long-term marriages as more traumatic than rapes within short-term marriages.
Descriptors: Spouses, Marriage, Rape, Family Violence, Females, Comparative Analysis, Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
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