Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Psychology & Neuroscience

First Advisor

Joanne Belknap

Second Advisor

Diane Sasnett-Martichuski


In the United States of America and globally, the intimate partner abuse (IPA) epidemic has gained increasing focus and attention by legislators, law enforcement officials, researchers, and citizens at large. While there has been an increase in research on domestic violence, the research has not been inclusive of all minority groups. The most invisible racial/ethnic group in U.S. IPA research is Asians/Asian Americans, yet Asians as a whole are the fastest increasing immigrant group, and the Chinese population specifically has grown faster than any other race in the past decade (Hoeffel, Rastogi, Kim, & Shahid, 2012). To have a more comprehensive and inclusive understanding of the discourse surrounding IPA in the U.S., the experiences of Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S. must be researched to fill this void, the current multi-methods study (both quantitative surveys and one-on-one qualitative interviews) is from Chinese and Chinese American immigrant men and women in the U.S., and includes data on both their unique experiences and their perceptions of IPA. The study focuses on variables such as acculturation and attitudes towards marriage. I hypothesized that (1) the more acculturated an individual is, the more positive her/his attitude towards marriage; and (2) the interaction of acculturation and attitudes towards marriage will affect the participants’ perceptions of IPA. Both hypotheses were supported by these data.