Thesis / Dissertation

Objectification in romantic relationships: Examining links between objectification, dehumanisation, and intimate partner violence

Adriana Vargas Saenz, Nicholas Haslam (ed.)

Published : 2020


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a widespread problem. Worldwide, 1-in-3 women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and the majority of incidents are the result of male perpetrated IPV. Scholars suggest that objectification facilitates IPV, because the phenomenon involves perceiving and/or treating a person as an object or not as fully human. Despite these theoretical claims, objectification has not been studied extensively in the realm of heterosexual romantic relationships – the most common setting for women to experience violence. The purpose of this thesis was to explore how objectification among heterosexual men relates to the perpetration of physical, sexual, and..

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