Male Honor and Female Fidelity: Implicit Cultural Scripts that Perpetuate Domestic Violence

Joseph A. Vandello, Dov Cohen

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Abstract

Two studies explored how domestic violence may be implicitly or explicitly sanctioned and reinforced in cultures where honor is a salient organizing theme. Three general predictions were supported: (a) female infidelity damages a man's reputation, particularly in honor cultures; (b) this reputation can be partially restored through the use of violence; and (c) women in honor cultures are expected to remain loyal in the face of jealousy-related violence. Study 1 involved participants from Brazil (an honor culture) and the United States responding to written vignettes involving infidelity and violence in response to infidelity. Study 2 involved southern Anglo, Latino, and northern Anglo participants witnessing a "live" incident of aggression against a woman (actually a confederate) and subsequently interacting with her.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1010
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume84
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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