The authors thank the women who volunteered to participate in this study, as well as undergraduate research assistants Gretchen Miller and Brian Ogolsky.
Predicting Women's Intentions to Leave Abusive Relationships: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 12, pages 2586–2601, December 2004
How to Cite
Byrne, C. A. and Arias, I. (2004), Predicting Women's Intentions to Leave Abusive Relationships: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34: 2586–2601. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb01993.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
A theoretically derived decision-making model was applied to predict women's intentions to remain in or to terminate physically abusive relationships with male partners. Participants were 48 women residing in a shelter for battered women who responded to questionnaires assessing the components of the theory of planned behavior. Data provided support for the model. Specifically, women were found to have greater intentions to leave the relationships if they held positive attitudes toward leaving and believed they were in control of leaving the relationship. Normative beliefs were not predictive of intentions to leave. Empirically based suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of interventions are discussed.