Student Research Projects

Intimate Partner Violence in relation to Gender on a Liberal Arts Campus

Student Katherine-Anne Christy, '16
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Psychology
Course Psychology 480: Originial Research Project

Abstract

Intimate partner violence affects people across cultures and ages offering up serious health risk to the victims. The current study examined intimate partner violence on Virginia Wesleyan College\'s campus by having students ( n =113) complete the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale and the Multi-dimensional Emotional Abuse scale. Results showed significant correlations between women and negotiation; negotiation and hostile withdrawal; restrictive engulfment and injury, sexual coercion, physical assault, and psychological aggression; denigration and injury, sexual coercion, physical assault, and psychological aggression; hostile withdrawal and physical assault and psychological aggression; dominance and physical assault, psychological aggression, injury, and sexual coercion. The results of this study offer up data on the dynamics of college relationships that have been previously under looked. The data will also offer up information that can be related to issues involving Title IX, which addresses reporting sexual assault on campuses.