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Internalised Misogyny Linked to Acceptance of Dating Violence, Finds New Study

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A recent study has revealed a concerning correlation between internalised misogyny and the acceptance of dating violence among young women in Turkey. The study was published in the journal Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

The study targeted women aged 18–24 and aimed to explore how internalised misogyny affects their attitudes towards dating violence. The research involved 288 participants, who were surveyed using the Personal Information Form, the Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Scales, and the Internalised Misogyny Scale. These tools were utilised to gather data on the socio-demographic characteristics, attitudes towards dating violence, and levels of internalised misogyny among the participants.

The researchers found a significant, albeit weak, correlation between internalised misogyny and the acceptance of dating violence. Specifically, young women who exhibited higher levels of internalised misogyny were more likely to accept psychological and physical dating violence. The study’s results indicated that internalised misogyny accounted for 39% of the acceptance of psychological dating violence and 50% of the acceptance of physical dating violence.

Internalised misogyny refers to the involuntary internalisation of sexist attitudes by women, which often leads to self-criticism, distrust of other women, and a belief in male superiority. This phenomenon can result from societal norms, cultural expectations, and personal experiences of gender bias and discrimination.

Dating violence, which includes physical, psychological, and sexual abuse within a romantic relationship, is a widespread issue that can have severe physical and psychological consequences. It is often linked to broader societal issues, such as gender inequality and cultural norms that tolerate or even justify violence against women.

The prevalence of dating violence among young people highlights the urgency of addressing this public health concern. Previous studies have shown that dating violence can lead to long-term health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicidal tendencies. Therefore, understanding the factors that contribute to the acceptance and perpetuation of dating violence is crucial for developing effective prevention and intervention strategies.

The study’s findings align with existing literature that connects gender inequality to the prevalence of dating violence. For instance, cultural norms that promote male dominance and female submissiveness can create an environment where dating violence is more likely to occur and be accepted. In this context, internalised misogyny serves to reinforce these harmful attitudes and behaviours.

The researchers emphasise the importance of educational and counselling programmes aimed at reducing internalised misogyny and its harmful effects. By raising awareness about the dangers of internalised misogyny and providing young women with the tools to challenge these attitudes, it is possible to reduce the acceptance of dating violence.

This study is one of the first to explore the relationship between internalised misogyny and dating violence, highlighting the need for further research in this area. Future studies could investigate the impact of various socio-demographic factors on this relationship, as well as explore intervention strategies that could effectively address and mitigate internalised misogyny among young women.

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