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Interpersonal Violence and Sustainable Development Goals

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 29858

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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Humanities, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
Interests: interpersonal violence; bullying; cyberbullying; gender-based violence; LGTBI+ studies
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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Humanities,University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
Interests: cyberdating abuse; romantic relationships dissolution; mental health; social work

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Interpersonal violence is defined as a behavior that is intended to harm another individual. It includes many acts and behaviors that range from physical, sexual, and psychological violence to deprivation and abandonment. Interpersonal violence comprises different types of manifestations, such as youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, mobbing, bullying, cyber violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse, among others. The negative health outcomes of any type of interpersonal violence are well documented. Consequently, actions to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of significantly reducing all forms of violence (SDG 16.1) and specifically eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (SDG 5.2) have been developed across the globe during the last decade.

The present Special Issue aims to bring together projects and experiences developed in different countries to reduce interpersonal violence in its different forms and manifestations. We would also like to encourage submissions identifying relationships between interpersonal violence and SDGs, and research analyzing a wide range of risk and protective factors that should be taken into account to prevent and reduce all forms of violence. In this sense, the Special Issue will try to answer the question: how can violence elimination become a reality to achieve the SDGs?

To answer this question, all kinds of papers are welcome: conceptual, narrative reviews, systematic reviews, intervention evaluations, qualitative and quantitative studies, and experimental research. Although we encourage submissions on all manifestations of interpersonal violence, research analyzing different forms of gender-based violence is especially welcome.

Dr. Raul Navarro
Dr. Beatriz Víllora
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • interpersonal violence
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • gender-based violence
  • child maltreatment
  • elder abuse
  • intimate partner violence
  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • mobbing
  • sexual violence

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Social and Emotional Intelligence as Factors in Terrorist Propaganda: An Analysis of the Way Mass Media Portrays the Behavior of Islamic Terrorist Groups
by Claudiu Coman, Felicia Andrioni, Roxana-Catalina Ghita and Maria Cristina Bularca
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12219; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112219 - 5 Nov 2021
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In the era of speed and technology, mass media has an important role in keeping people informed about events happening all around the world, but also in shaping their opinion. One of the main issues that mass-media focuses on is represented by terrorist [...] Read more.
In the era of speed and technology, mass media has an important role in keeping people informed about events happening all around the world, but also in shaping their opinion. One of the main issues that mass-media focuses on is represented by terrorist propaganda. Nowadays, terrorist attacks have become more frequent, and we argue that, due to their social and emotional intelligence, terrorists have the power to manipulate not only people but also mass media. The purpose of our paper was to assess the way Romanian and foreign online mass-media channels present information about Islamic terrorist groups and the activities developed by them, in order to raise awareness about the matter of propaganda and the role of mass media in promoting it. In order to conduct the research, content analysis was used as a method. A total of 36 news presented online by Romanian and foreign mass-media channels were analyzed. The result of the research revealed that Romanian mass-media channels focus more on using words with aggressive content, and that foreign mass-media channels focus on religious and cultural-geographic content. Therefore, the results of the research revealed that the way mass media presents terrorist attacks can unintentionally contribute to the promotion of terrorist propaganda. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interpersonal Violence and Sustainable Development Goals)
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A Systematic Literature Review of Sexual Harassment Studies with Text Mining
by Amir Karami, Melek Yildiz Spinel, C. Nicole White, Kayla Ford and Suzanne Swan
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6589; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126589 - 9 Jun 2021
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Sexual harassment has been the topic of thousands of research articles in the 20th and 21st centuries. Several review papers have been developed to synthesize the literature about sexual harassment. While traditional literature review studies provide valuable insights, these studies have some limitations [...] Read more.
Sexual harassment has been the topic of thousands of research articles in the 20th and 21st centuries. Several review papers have been developed to synthesize the literature about sexual harassment. While traditional literature review studies provide valuable insights, these studies have some limitations including analyzing a limited number of papers, being time-consuming and labor-intensive, focusing on a few topics, and lacking temporal trend analysis. To address these limitations, this paper employs both computational and qualitative approaches to identify major research topics, explore temporal trends of sexual harassment topics over the past few decades, and point to future possible directions in sexual harassment studies. We collected 5320 research papers published between 1977 and 2020, identified and analyzed sexual harassment topics, and explored the temporal trend of topics. Our findings indicate that sexual harassment in the workplace was the most popular research theme, and sexual harassment was investigated in a wide range of spaces ranging from school to military settings. Our analysis shows that 62.5% of the topics having a significant trend had an increasing (hot) temporal trend that is expected to be studied more in the coming years. This study offers a bird’s eye view to better understand sexual harassment literature with text mining, qualitative, and temporal trend analysis methods. This research could be beneficial to researchers, educators, publishers, and policymakers by providing a broad overview of the sexual harassment field. Full article
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Barriers to Formal Help-Seeking Behavior by Battered Turkish Women According to Sociodemographic Factors
by Abdulkadir Keskin and Filiz Karaman
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010165 - 26 Dec 2020
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Violence against women is a significant sociological problem that negatively affects society. Although violence against women is widespread worldwide, the help-seeking behavior of women exposed to violence remains underdeveloped. In this study conducted in Turkey, the formal help-seeking behavior of women exposed to [...] Read more.
Violence against women is a significant sociological problem that negatively affects society. Although violence against women is widespread worldwide, the help-seeking behavior of women exposed to violence remains underdeveloped. In this study conducted in Turkey, the formal help-seeking behavior of women exposed to violence was studied according to sociodemographic factors. Data were obtained from surveys on domestic violence against women from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT), which was held in 2008 and 2014. Chi-square and binary logistic regression analyses are used in this study. The dependent variable is determined as whether women who had experienced violence sought help from formal institutions. In order to explain the dependent variable, education, age group, region, and sociodemographic variables are used. According to the results, as the education level of women exposed to violence increases, help-seeking behavior through official means also increases. In addition, women with a personal income are more likely to seek formal help than those without, and the development of the sociocultural region inhabited affects the formal help-seeking behavior of women exposed to violence. Between 2008 and 2014, legal regulations on women’s rights in Turkey were seen to positively affect formal help-seeking behavior. Although the formal help-seeking behavior of women subjected to violence in 2014 increased significantly compared to 2008, this improvement is not sufficient. Full article
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Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior in Physiotherapy: A Systematic Review
by Safiya Amanulla, Irin Saju, Sílvia Solé, Carme Campoy, Laura Martínez, María Cruz Pérez-Yus, Mercè Sitjà-Rabert, Mayte Serrat, Cristina Bravo and Kristin Lo
Sustainability 2021, 13(24), 13876; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413876 - 15 Dec 2021
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A behavior which is increasing in prevalence is sexual harassment initiated by a client and displayed towards the healthcare professionals and students of these healthcare-related professions. This is termed inappropriate patient sexual behaviour (IPSB). The consequences of IPSB can be significant, including decreased [...] Read more.
A behavior which is increasing in prevalence is sexual harassment initiated by a client and displayed towards the healthcare professionals and students of these healthcare-related professions. This is termed inappropriate patient sexual behaviour (IPSB). The consequences of IPSB can be significant, including decreased academic and work performance, decreased attention/concentration, reductions in work satisfaction, and a loss of confidence. The primary aim is to evaluate the literature on sexual harassment in physiotherapy. The secondary aim is to report on the incidence, situational factors, and suggested strategies. The databases Pubmed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus, Embase via OVID, ProQuest, and EBM Reviews were searched from inception up to 5 November 2021. Data on the incidence, situations, and strategies were extracted by at least two independent researchers. The quality of included articles was assessed. Nine studies of cohort and cross-sectional design were included. The incidence of IPSB was reported to be between 48–100% of the samples of physiotherapy students and/or therapists. The situational factors are reported, and the recommended educational strategies are discussed. Articles suggest that educating physiotherapists and/or students about sexual harassment would be beneficial. This will help predict potential issues and highlight strategies to empower therapists in the workplace and in training. Full article
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