Perceptions of gay, lesbian, and heterosexual domestic violence among undergraduates in Sweden
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
This paper presents an experimental study of perceptions about gay, lesbian, and heterosexual domestic violence in Sweden. More than 1,000 participants were asked to read one out of eight possible fictitious scenarios of domestic violence in married couple relationships and subsequently respond to a questionnaire. Sexual orientation, victims’ and batterers’ gender, and severity of the violence varied across the different scenarios. The clearest result of this study was that participants perceived domestic violence to be significantly more serious when a man battered his wife than in any other case (i.e., when a woman battered her husband, when a gay man battered his husband, or when a lesbian woman battered her wife). In all types of relationships, participants matched their perceptions of domestic violence to the level of severity of the violence and participants with more negative attitudes toward women perceived domestic violence as less serious. Female participants were more concerned about lesbian domestic violence than male participants. Attitudes toward gays and lesbians mattered little for the perceptions of domestic violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnéuniversitetet , 2012. , 13 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2012:10
Research subject Economy, Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-30919DiVA: diva2:675665