An investigation into same-sex intimate partner violence

Griffiths, Anna (2013). An investigation into same-sex intimate partner violence. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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This thesis aims to advance academic understanding of same-sex intimate partner violence (SSIPV). This is achieved via three pieces of research. First, a systematic review of the literature investigating risk factors of male SSIPV is presented. This highlighted the lack of research in this field, together with methodological and definitional problems. However, findings indicated that risk factors for male SSIPV are similar to those established for heterosexual male IPV, with some specific exceptions. Second, an empirical investigation into a sample of women’s beliefs and approval of heterosexual and same-sex intimate partner violence (IPV) and their involvement as a risk factor to perpetration is presented. Results showed that certain types of IPV are deemed to be more acceptable than others and that approval of IPV is tentatively linked as a risk factor for perpetration. Finally, a critique of a psychometric measure used in the research project is presented, namely the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2). This highlighted many strengths of the CTS2 for use in the field, particularly its ability to quickly obtain large amounts of data, and the inclusion of many acts of IPV. However, it has some limitations, namely the lack of ability to ascertain the context of IPV. The implications of the thesis findings for the early identification, support, treatment, and education for perpetrators, victims, services, and the general public are discussed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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