The Role of Relationship Beliefs, and Relationship Self-efficacy in Predicting the Attitudes Towards Intimate Partner Abuse

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: The Role of Relationship Beliefs, and Relationship Self-efficacy in Predicting the Attitudes Towards Intimate Partner Abuse
Stream: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Çare Sertelin Mercan, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Ilkay Demir, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Esra Ismen Gazioğlu, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Yucel Sofuoğlu, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Didem Varol, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Mesut Ozturk, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Turkey


Intimate partner abuse in romantic relationships is pervasive during emerging adulthood. Numerous studies investigate prevalence, causes and consequences of partner abuse. The purpose of this study is to examine the predictive role of irrational relationship beliefs, and relationship self-efficacy in predicting the attitudes of university students towards abuse in close relationships. Romantic relationship beliefs are considered as one of the important factors that have decisive power on the relationship quality, as they shape the individual's perception of a relationship, and shape expectations from the relationship. Irrational relationship beliefs are found to be related with negative relationship interactions and violence. Relationship beliefs influences individuals’ decisions and behaviors in relationships. Relationship self-efficacy has an important determinant role of the decision to stay in or leave an abusive relationship. Participants of the study were university students (N=444) from Turkey, which were registered an online relationship education programme, "Seven Ne Yapar?". The 77% of participants were female (N=342) and 23% were male (N=100). The 133 of them were in a dating relationship, and 311 did not have a romantic relationship during the time of data collection. The data were gathered via Relationship Beliefs Scale, Romantic Relationship Efficacy Scale, Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale and demographic information form. Results of multiple regression analysis was revealed that irrational relationship beliefs and relationship self-efficacy predict attitudes towards abuse in intimate relationships among University Students.

This study is funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Project Number: 120K934.

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