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Browsing Theses & Dissertations by Author "Acevedo Vázquez, Agnes"
Acevedo Vázquez, Agnes; Rodríguez-Nogueras, Enid A.; College of Arts and Sciences - Art; Quiñones-Padovani, Carlos E.; Boglio-Martínez, Rafael; Department of Physical Education; Ortíz, Gloribell
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a worldwide problem (Karlsson,2011; Straus,2004). This social problem affects any socioeconomic, cultural and religious group. Puerto Rico is no exception, so laws have been established to prevent abuse between relationships. Currently, the IPV is a necessary research topic as there are discrepancies, inconsistencies and limited information in the literature. Recognizing that no information has been documented related to the acceptance of the IVP, in Puerto Rican sports or in university athletes, it is important to study it from the sports context. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to evaluate the levels of acceptance of attitudes towards VIP in university athletes including situations of sexual, physical and psychological violence. In this study, 52 athletes participated, where 25 were male and 27 were women in basketball (n=18), soccer (n=16), softball (n=10) and baseball (n=8) teams. The Attitudes towards Intimate Partner Violence Scale (Karlsson, 2011; Price & Byers, 1999) was used to assess the level of IPV acceptance of participants. The results indicate that IPV behaviors were more accepted by the female athletes when a man is a perpetrator of psychological violence (M=4.58) towards women. While male athletes accept more when the man is the perpetrator of psychological violence towards women (M=3.96). In addition, the sex that most accepts violent behavior between intimate partners is women (M=3.80) compared to men (M=3.55). Through this investigation we could understand how violence experienced and/or witnessed in childhood has an effect on the level of IPV acceptance in intimate relationships in adulthood. This study broadens understanding in existing literature and adds to knowledge in the area of sport.