This study examines what behaviors undergraduate, heterosexual female Bowling Green State University students age 18-24 classify as â€œIntimate Partner Violenceâ€ and as â€œIntimate Partner Abuse.â€ 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 â€œIntimate Partner Violenceâ€ when committed by a male partner against a female partner. The other survey asked the same but replaced â€œIntimate Partner Violenceâ€ with â€œIntimate Partner Abuse.â€ 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
Dr. Mary Krueger
First Advisor Department
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Dr. Susan Brown
Second Advisor Department
Klein, Kelsey L., "How BGSU Students Define "Intimate Partner Violence" and "Intimate Partner Abuse"" (2013). Honors Projects. 49.