Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2011

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Karen Heimer

First Committee Member

Mary Noonan

Second Committee Member

Freda Lynn


Men commit the majority of violent crime, yet the majority of men do not commit violent crime. Why is this? Research connecting men and violence cannot fully explain this phenomenon, namely, the variation among men regarding violence. This research study seeks to empirically measure masculinity and to study its relationship to perceptions of violence. My primary hypothesis is that men who measure as more `masculine' will be more accepting of violence. My secondary hypothesis is that situational contexts are also important for the acceptance of violence. These hypotheses are examined using the Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory and randomized factorial vignettes. Results indicate that those who more strongly conform to masculine norms are more likely to be accepting of the violence represented in these vignettes.


aggression, factorial vignette, masculinity


v, 42 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-42).


Copyright 2011 Audrey Omar

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