Domestic violence, gender, and perceptions of justice

  title={Domestic violence, gender, and perceptions of justice},
  author={Norman T. Feather},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  • N. Feather
  • Published 1 October 1996
  • Psychology
  • Sex Roles
This study investigated reactions to a hypothetical scenario describing a domestic dispute that ended in violence. In the scenario either the husband or the wife was the perpetrator of the physical violence, the violence either occurred under stress or after deliberation, and the perpetrator was subsequently jailed for 2 years. Results from 220 participants (109 males, 111 females) from metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia, showed significant main effects of stimulus person. Participants were… 
Perceptions of Domestic Violence
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Perceptions of Domestic Violence in Heterosexual Relationships: Impact of Victim Gender and History of Response
Within the context of a heterosexual relationship, participants read a police interview involving a claim of domestic violence that varied the gender of the victim to support the notion of a prototypical domestic violence victim that has emerged within a gendered framework.
The Effect of Sex and Perpetrator–Victim Relationship on Perceptions of Domestic Homicide
It was found that participants recommended equally severe punishments to and placed the same amount of responsibility on male and female offenders, and perceived offenders killing biological children as more mentally ill than those killing stepchildren.
Domestic violence in heterosexual and homosexual relationships: perceptions and attitudes in a comparative study between police and non-police students
Recent research has indicated that victim and perpetrator sex can negatively influence perceptions and attitudes towards domestic violence. Research has also indicated that police officers are more
Testing the Extent of the Gender Trap: College Students’ Perceptions of and Reactions to Intimate Partner Violence
Prior research has explored perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV), and how these perceptions differ based on gender of the participant, victim, and perpetrator. In the current study, 178
Post-Separation Violence: The Male Perspective*
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Post-separation Violence: The Male Perspective
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Prior research has examined perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV), and how these perceptions can influence responses and help seeking behaviour (e.g. Harris & Cook, 1994). In the current
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Attributions about spouse abuse: It matters who the batterers and victims are
The present study examined college students' (86% white) reactions to scenarios of three types of domestic violence situations. Subjects read a brief newspaper report of a battering incident and
The Effect of Provocation, Race, and Injury Description on Men's and Women's Perceptions of a Wife‐Battering Incident1
College student subjects read a fictitious newspaper report about a wife-battering incident. After reading the scenario, subjects completed a series of rating scales about attributes of the two
Reactions to penalties for an offense in relation to authoritarianism, values, perceived responsibility, perceived seriousness, and deservingness.
  • N. Feather
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1996
Two studies involving participants from metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia examined variables that were assumed to influence cognitive and affective reactions to penalties imposed for offenses relating to domestic violence, plagiarism, and shoplifting to support a model that assumed paths linking perceived responsibility to the perceived seriousness of an offense.
Reactions to a Battered Woman Who Kills Her Abusive Spouse: An Attributional Analysis
Abstract This study employs attributional analysis to investigate lay persons' reactions to a battered woman who kills her abusive spouse. Specifically, the study was designed to test the hypotheses
Is Indirect Aggression Typical of Females? Gender Differences in Aggressiveness in 11- to 12-Year-Old Children
Gender differences regarding aggressive behaviour were investigated in 167 school children, 11 to 12 years of age, through peer-rating techniques supported by self-ratings and interviews. The social
Intergroup behaviour, self-stereotyping and the salience of social categories
Recent research (Hogg & Turner, 1985a, b) favours a social identity rather than group cohesiveness analysis of group behaviour and psychological group formation. It is argued that individual
Reactions to equal reward allocations: Effects of situation, gender and values
Subjects' reactions to equal allocations were investigated across four hypothetical scenarios spanning healthy/sick, older/younger, male/female and married/single performers. Performance input was
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Authors. Preface and Acknowledgements. Prologue. 1. Introduction: The Social Psychology of Stereotyping. 2. Early Approaches to Stereotypes and Prejudice. 3. Stereotyping as Information Processing
Social Identifications: A Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations and Group Processes
Foreward. Preface. 1. Introduction 2. The social identity approach: context and content 3. Intergroup behaviour 4. From stereotyping to ideology 5. Intragroup behaviour: Processes within the groups