Honors Projects


Kelsey L. Klein


This study examines what behaviors undergraduate, heterosexual female Bowling Green State University students age 18-24 classify as “Intimate Partner Violence” and as “Intimate Partner Abuse.” This research begins to explore how this population defines these terms through looking at what types of behaviors are seen as violence and what types of behaviors are seen as abuse. Participants were randomly selected to take one of two online surveys. One survey asked participants to decide if listed behaviors were “Intimate Partner Violence” when committed by a male partner against a female partner. The other survey asked the same but replaced “Intimate Partner Violence” with “Intimate Partner Abuse.” The findings from this research can impact future violence and abuse education programs at BGSU. It fills the important role of helping these program coordinators understand how the target population defines these terms, allowing the coordinators to improve their programs to better educate their target audience about violence and abuse.


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Krueger

First Advisor Department

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Brown

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2013