Barriers to Freedom: Exploring the Influence of Patriarchy on Risk Preference in Battered Women
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Zoann Snyder
Dr. Ron Kramer
Dr. Paula Brush
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Because contemporary families represent an increasingly diverse and complicated range of relationships and values, individuals engaged in traditional gender roles may find it difficult to challenge gender biased institutions or abandon abusive relationships. While family violence continues to be linked with economic and social power, interpersonal relationships based on traditional gender roles, which require conformity to social expectations, can also be a contributing factor. Feminist theory, which links patriarchal ideology with family violence, is used to explore culturally defined gender roles and the influence of social forces or social institutions that produce conflict, strain or violent behaviors. The influences of patriarchy on risk preference in battered women is also explored. The personal experiences of women staying at domestic violence shelters are examined through both interviews and questionnaire. Family life trends, social attitudes and beliefs about gender roles are identified and implications for intervention are also addressed.
Gordon, Cathy, "Barriers to Freedom: Exploring the Influence of Patriarchy on Risk Preference in Battered Women" (1999). Masters Theses. 5017.