Recently completed research:
- A phrase-completion version of the Hypermasculinity Intex.
Much research on racism, homophobia, misogyny, and other negative attitudes involves asking questions with obviously "politically correct" answers, While there are many strategies for reducing the threat of socially desirable responding, none are particularly effective. In this paper we explore the impact of using a new, phrase-completion response format to reduce socially desirable responding and to increase the quality of the data.
- The domestic violence myth acceptance scale: Development
and psychometric testing of a new instrument
- (Article on the instrument, currently in press with the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Truama.)
Summary of the dissertation research, Adobe Acrobat, pdf)
- (Entire dissertation, Adobe Acrobat .pdf )
Despite the importance of Burt's 1980 measure of rape myths, no comprable measure of domestic violence myths had been developed. I therefore
undertook the development and testing of an instrumet to measure
domestic violence myths based on a feminist analysis of domestic
violence. The instrument had excellent reliability and showed good
initial indications of numerous types of validity.
You may freely copy and use the instrument in research, program
evaluation, or education. No permission is needed but if your
Human Subjects Board or research committee requires it, you may copy
and paste this paragraph in which I herebye give permission to use
the DVMAS in research, evaluation, or education programs. Jay
- Using Evolutionary Psychology to Refine a Feminist
Theory of Domestic Violence (Abstract,
MS Word) (Abstract, Adobe
Used a large New York City data set of arrests for domestic violence
to explore an evolutionary psychological hypothesis that domestic violence
is motivated not by some generalized desire to control women but rather
to control their sexuality. Examining the age of the victim and the
relative age of the perpetrator provided support for the hypothesis.
Citation: Peters, J., Shackelford, T. K. & Buss, D. M. (2001). Understanding
domestic violence against women: Using Evolutionary psychology to extend
the feminist functional analysis. Violence and Victims, 17(2),
Some research underway or in the early planning stages:
- Content analysis of an account of 10 years of psychotherapy
by Barbara Hope
- Protection From Abuse Orders: What Impact Do They Have
on Batterers and Battered Women?
- The Impact of Domestic Violence Murder on Women in
- Vicarious trauma among child welfare workers
- Non-response bias in mail surveys: How is it addressed
in practice and education.
- Making PIE: The Effects of Using the PIE (Person-in-the-Environment)
Manual on Worker's Perceptions of their Clients