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Home Study: Counselors' Attributions of Blame Toward Female Survivors of Battering 

03-02-2017 13:09

Counselors' Attributions of Blame Toward Female Survivors of Battering
by Lori E. Notestine; Christine E. Murray; L. DiAnne Borders; Terry A. Ackerman
Volume 39, Issue 01 - January 2017

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a social problem that affects roughly 5.3 million women in the U.S. each year, accounts for 1,300 deaths, and often results in a number of physical and mental health consequences. Many women seek counseling as a way to find relief from the symptoms of the abuse they have endured. Previous research indicates that women seeking counseling after facing intimate partner violence victimization have reported experiencing counseling resources as inadequate or blaming. In the current study, counselors (N = 122) were surveyed regarding their gender role attitudes, ambivalent sexism, training in family violence, and attributions of blame toward women who have been battered. The regression analysis suggested that 16% of the variance in blame attributions was accounted for by gender role attitudes and ambivalent sexism. Study findings provide directions for future research and implications for practicing counselors.

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