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NCJ Number: 134283 Find in a Library
Title: Courtship Violence and Social Control: Does Gender Matter?
Journal: Law and Society Review  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:(1991)  Pages:335-365
Author(s): S L Miller; S S Simpson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 31
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this exploratory study, we ask whether perceptions of and responses to violence in dating relationships are gendered and whether the factors that affect male perceptions also influence females.
Abstract: Using the social control and feminist literature as a guide, we explore gender differences in perception of sanction risk and attitudes toward resolution of violence when it occurs. Our data reveal several differences in male and female perceptions of formal and information sanctions (attachment to significant others and stigmatic costs) -- although not always in the expected direction -- and show that different factors influence male and female perceptions of sanction likelihood and costs. We also find that females are more likely than males to seek relationship termination, informal controls, or formal justice outcomes if assaulted by their partner. However, the conditions that stimulate victims to consider these decisions vary by gender. These findings are discussed along with implications for further research. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Dating Violence; Victim attitudes
Index Term(s): Feminism; Social control
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