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Myths about Intimate Partner Violence and Moral Disengagement: An Analysis of Sociocultural Dimensions Sustaining Violence against Women

Department of Psychology, University of Turin, 10124 Torino, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8139; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218139
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 30 October 2020 / Accepted: 2 November 2020 / Published: 4 November 2020
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue worldwide and a serious violation of human rights. Recognizing IPV as a form of violence is essential for both victims who need help and offenders who can join treatment programs. Furthermore, only a society able to identify violence can effectively deal with IPV. The present study is aimed at investigating the role of sociocultural dimensions (i.e., ambivalent sexism toward women, ambivalence toward men, and lay theories about gender differences) in sustaining myths about IPV and moral disengagement. The participants were 359 university students (76.5% female). The results show that hostile sexism toward women plays a key role in sustaining both myths and moral disengagement. Moreover, benevolence toward men and biological lay gender theories (i.e., “naïve” theories assuming that sex differences are a product of biology and genetics) significantly affected the endorsement of IPV myths. The implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner violence; sociocultural dimensions; ambivalent sexism; lay theories of gender intimate partner violence; sociocultural dimensions; ambivalent sexism; lay theories of gender
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Rollero, C.; De Piccoli, N. Myths about Intimate Partner Violence and Moral Disengagement: An Analysis of Sociocultural Dimensions Sustaining Violence against Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8139. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218139

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Rollero C, De Piccoli N. Myths about Intimate Partner Violence and Moral Disengagement: An Analysis of Sociocultural Dimensions Sustaining Violence against Women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8139. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218139

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Rollero, Chiara, and Norma De Piccoli. 2020. "Myths about Intimate Partner Violence and Moral Disengagement: An Analysis of Sociocultural Dimensions Sustaining Violence against Women" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8139. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218139

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