Thanks are expressed to Julia C. Pounds for comments on an earlier manuscript. Maureen Pierce is now with Wyandotte Developmental Disabilities Services, Kansas City, Kansas. Some of these data were presented at the Psychonomic Society meeting. St. Louis, November 1992.
The Effect of Provocation, Race, and Injury Description on Men's and Women's Perceptions of a Wife-Battering Incident1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 23, Issue 10, pages 767–790, May 1993
How to Cite
Pierce, M. C. and Harris, R. J. (1993), The Effect of Provocation, Race, and Injury Description on Men's and Women's Perceptions of a Wife-Battering Incident. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23: 767–790. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1993.tb01006.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
College student subjects read a fictitious newspaper report about a wife-battering incident. After reading the scenario, subjects completed a series of rating scales about attributes of the two protagonists and the incident in general. Results showed that if the victim had verbally provoked the abuser, male subjects, and sometimes females as well, discounted the seriousness of the incident in numerous ways. An explicit description of the injuries to the victim led subjects to evaluate the incident more seriously. Some higher-order interactions of the race of the assailant with other factors reflected a subtle and complex racism from the white subjects. Results were interpreted in light of theory in social psychology, consciousness raising about battering, and the behavioral and attitudinal implications for reporting such incidents in the media.