November 26, 2018 Sexist Men Underestimate Their Power in Romantic Relationships Concern for losing power to women can lead to more aggression, study says [APA]

WASHINGTON — Heterosexual men with sexist attitudes may underestimate how much power they actually have in their romantic relationships, which could lead to increased aggression toward their female partners or wives, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“Aggressive behavior can have disastrous consequences on a relationship because the female partner is more likely to withdraw, openly share her dissatisfaction and become less committed,” said Emily J. Cross, MS, of the University of Auckland and lead author of the study. “This can reinforce a commonly held stereotype among men with sexist beliefs that women are not trustworthy. It’s a vicious cycle.” 

Article: “An Interdependence Account of Sexism and Power: Men’s Hostile Sexism, Biased Perceptions of Low Power, and Relationship Aggression,” by Emily J. Cross, MS, Nickola C. Overall, PhD, and Rachel S.T. Low, PhD, University of Auckland, and James K. McNulty, PhD, Florida State University. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Published Nov. 26, 2018.

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