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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Perceptions of Violence: Comparisons Between Men and Women

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Much research has been conducted on the topic of violence. However, most studies focus on violent behaviors or acts of violence rather than perceptions of violence; when perceptions are examined, they usually incorporate perspectives of the victims, or occasionally perspectives of perpetrators. In contrast, our study investigated the viewpoints of men and women concerning violence to evaluate whether the genders see violence differently. Specifically, our main question was whether men perceive violence less negatively than women. A survey was constructed and given to 60 participants, both male and female, aged 18 to 30. The survey was administered on the UNC Asheville campus and also within the community. We measured perceptions of violence using items selected from prior studies as well as neutral items that we created; items were assessed using 5-point Likert scales. We will compare item means between males and females in order to see if there are gender differences in perceptions of violence. Such differences could be important in explaining gender discrimination in response to violent acts. Our findings will also be meaningful for anyone experiencing violence firsthand and may serve to inform those who do not know about potential lasting effects of violence.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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