Date of Award
Program or Major
Master of Arts
Murray A Straus
This study investigated the possible mediating relationships between experiencing corporal punishment and partner violence perpetration and witnessing parental violence and partner violence perpetration. The sample used was 14,252 university students in 32 nations who participated in the International Dating Violence Study. For both men and women, self-dominance partly mediated the relationships between corporal punishment and perpetrating minor assault and corporal punishment and perpetrating severe assault. For men and women self-dominance mediated the relationships between witnessing parental violence and perpetrating minor assault and witnessing parental violence and perpetrating both types of assault for males and females. Violence approval did not partly mediate the relationship between witnessing parental violence and minor assault for males or females. And violence approval partly mediated the relationship from witnessing parental violence to severe assault for males, but not females. In all of the relationships, regardless of sex, self-dominance was the stronger mediating factor.
Lopez, Thomas, "Dominance in a dating relationship and violence approval as partial mediating factors between violent socialization and perpetrating dating partner violence" (2011). Master's Theses and Capstones. 145.