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Beliefs and attitudes about intimate partner violence against women in Spain

Victoria A. Ferrer-Pérez1, Esperanza Bosch-Fiol1, Andrés Sánchez-Prada2, and Carmen Delgado-Álvarez2

1 Universidad de las Islas Baleares and
2 Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca

Background: Some attitudes serve to justify violence against women, to blame women for the violence they experience, and to perpetuate levels of this violence. These attitudes often stem from traditional norms and beliefs which are important to identify. The purpose of this study is to compare beliefs about intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW) between two time points, examining the effect of the respondents– sex and previous academic-training. Method: Two opportunity samples of undergraduates took part in this study: 1,392 in 2006 (34.4% men and 65.6% women) and 730 in 2018 (36.3% men and 63.7% women). A four-factor model from the Inventory of Distorted Thoughts on Women and Violence (IPDMV) was used after assessing fit through CFA. Results: Significant differences between 2006 and 2018 in all factors were found using MANCOVA (covariable: age). Differences were also found by sex and previous academic-training, and effects of interaction in the first factor between these variables and the time point. Conclusions: The beliefs and distorted thoughts about women and violence fell between the two time points analysed, with less acceptance of these beliefs among women and people with prior IPVAW academic-training.

Creencias y actitudes sobre la violencia contra las mujeres en la pareja en España. Antecedentes: algunas actitudes sirven para justificar la violencia contra las mujeres, culparlas por la violencia que experimentan, y perpetuar los niveles de esta violencia. Estas actitudes a menudo se derivan de normas y creencias tradicionales que es importante identificar. El objetivo de este estudio es comparar las creencias sobre violencia contra las mujeres en la pareja (IPVAW) entre dos momentos temporales, analizando el efecto del sexo y la formación académica previa. Método: se utilizan dos muestras de conveniencia: 1.392 estudiantes universitarios en 2006 (34,4% hombres y 65,6% mujeres) y 730 en 2018 (36,3% hombres y 63,7% mujeres). Se emplea un modelo de cuatro factores del Inventario de Pensamientos Distorsionados sobre la Mujer y la Violencia (IPDMV), tras evaluar el ajuste mediante AFC. Resultados: se obtienen, mediante MANCOVA (covariable: edad), diferencias significativas entre 2006 y 2018 en todos los factores. Se observan asimismo diferencias por sexo y formación académica previa, y efectos de interacción en el primer factor entre estas variables y el momento temporal. Conclusiones: las creencias y pensamientos distorsionados sobre la mujer y la violencia disminuyen entre los dos momentos analizados, y son menores en las mujeres y las personas con formación académica previa en IPVAW.


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