Breaking up is hard to do: psychological entrapment and women's commitment to violent dating relationships 

              
 
Author(s) Katz, Jennifer, Vanessa Tirone and Melanie Schukrafft
Title Breaking up is hard to do: psychological entrapment and women's commitment to violent dating relationships
Source Violence and Victims,July 2012, Vol 27, No 4 pp 455-469
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study investigates psychological entrapment within physically violent intimate partner relationships, looking at subjective investment and relationship duration. Using an investment model, it was hypothesised that the more relationship sacrifices women made at a later time in their relationship, the greater the subjective investment would be at this time. Participants in the study were undergraduate women who provided data at baseline and six week follow up. A series of measures were used to assess partner physical violence, subjective investment and commitment, relationship duration and relationship sacrifice. At the first interview 23.5% of participants reported partner physical violence and most women reported multiple incidents. It was found that women in violent relationships were no more likely than other women to report a relationship termination at the follow up interview. The findings showed that partner violence predicted later sacrifice and this effect was moderated by relationship duration. It was also suggested that emotional investment may be a more powerful precursor to entrapment than relationship duration or subjective investment.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; relationship duration; commitment; investment model 
Topic Domestic violence