Male Honor and Female Fidelity: Implicit Cultural Scripts that Perpetuate Domestic Violence
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.
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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, v. 84, issue 5, p. 997-1010
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Vandello, Joseph A. and Cohen, Dov, "Male Honor and Female Fidelity: Implicit Cultural Scripts that Perpetuate Domestic Violence" (2003). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2288.