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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Catalino

Reader 2

Professor Walker

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The effects of a feminist-centered, self-efficacy, psychoeducational intervention will be tested using low-income rural female domestic violence victims. Derived from previous literature indicating that lower self-efficacy is commonly seen in abused women, this intervention will focus on reconfiguring the abused women’s ideas on the patriarchal world through a feminist-centered approach to increase their self-efficacy. Before the intervention, well-being, assertiveness, self-efficacy, attitudes towards feminism, and likelihood of returning to their abuser will be measured. The same dependent variables will be measured after the intervention, except for the likelihood of them returning to their abusers. As a follow-up three weeks after the intervention, the participants will be asked the likelihood they feel of returning to their abusers. It is predicted that the women in the feminist-centered self-efficacy intervention will show higher scores on the dependent variables after the intervention than before the intervention. Another prediction is that the feminist-centered self-efficacy intervention group will show higher scores on the dependent variables in comparison to the control group. It is also expected that self-efficacy will mediate the relationship between the condition and likelihood of returning to abusers. This area of study is extremely important in helping women who have experienced violence leave their abusers.