CSULB Psychology Department




Christina J. Pekarek
January 2008


Intimate Partner Violence and Interracial Relationships: Prevalence, Perceived Social Support, and Gender


    The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in interracial relationships versus non-interracial relationships, to investigate whether perceived social support can be a predictor of IPV, and to examine the prevalence of perpetration and severity of violence between genders.  A total of 203 surveys including demographics, the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2), and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) were used in data analysis.  The independent sample t-tests showed no significant differences between the two relationship types.  A significant amount of variance in IPV can be explained by perceived social support, according to logistic regression.  The results also show males reported a significantly higher prevalence of violent acts and higher severity of violence perpetrated by their female partners.  These results have implications for prevention of IPV and treatment for victims of violence.




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