Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the attitudes of undergraduate college students toward a reported incident of domestic turbulence. The five independent variables investigated were gender, marital status, age, family structure, and personal experiences with abuse. Two scenarios were utilized; one contained a provocation statement by the wife and the other did not. The scores of statements following the hypothetical police report were the dependent variables. The 5 statements concerned Seriousness of Incident, Responsibility of the Husband, Responsibility of wife, decision to Call police, and charging Husband with Assault. The total sample size was 168 undergraduate students which included 75 male and 93 female subjects. Five composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level of significance. Fifty- five comparisons plus 20 recurring comparisons were made. Of the 55 comparisons made, 30 were main effects and 25 were interactions. Of the 30 main effects, 5 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 25 interactions, 4 were statistically significant at the .05 level.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Fall 1993

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1993 Nancy R. Meade


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