On Thursday April 21st, the North-West Branch supported the Applied Psychology Conference at the University of Cumbria with a membership award for best presentation. Students were provided with an overview of the benefits of student membership of the BPS by our Student Lead, prior to presenting their own varied and extremely interesting research. Prize winner Ruth Haynes was asked to write a brief summary of her conference experience, and has kindly provided the abstract from her presented research:
This research aimed to examine the general public’s perception of the different relationship types where intimate partner violence (IPV) exists (male to female, female to male, male to male and female to female). Historically, IPV has been characterised as a gendered problem, consequently same-sex and male victims of IPV have not been included in the core conceptualisation of research or theory (Baker et al., 2013), resulting in marginalisation, discrimination and disempowerment. The present study examined perceptions of the general public to establish if they view the different types of violence to be on an equal standing, through subscales of seriousness, reporting and blame. The results suggested that the participants perceived the seriousness of IPV to be on the same standing for all relationship types. However, in the second subscale of reporting, differences were found wherein participants were more likely to report IPV when the victim is female in a heterosexual relationship. In the last subscale of blame, the results showed that participants were more likely to blame the male perpetrator in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The interaction of gender of the participants was found to be not significant; therefore, this can lead to the assumption that men and women have similar perceptions to IPV. Overall IPV needs to be perceived to be as the same severity and to be viewed on the same standing. IPV should be seen as a human problem and not a gendered problem (Hines, Brown, & Dunning, 2007), to be understood that violence is violence regardless of gender or sexuality.
I am very grateful and thankful for the award of best presentation at the 4th annual student conference at the University of Cumbria, and the accompanying prize student membership of the British Psychological Society North-West branch. My presentation was about my dissertation, examining perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV) in homosexual and heterosexual relationships.
My experience of the conference was that it was a friendly and relaxed environment. It was interesting to see fellow students’ research interests, from undergraduate to postgraduate students and researchers. It was also fascinating and motivating to see staff members present.
My aim for the future is to move on to postgraduate study with the aim to carry on researching and raising awareness of all types of IPV.
Many thanks to Dr Liz Bates for organising the event and to Martin Brennan for attending on behalf of the BPS North-West branch.
Dr Liz Bates, the conference lead, also added ‘The student conference was a great success, there was a range of interesting and well presented papers from students at all levels. I was pleased to welcome Martin from the BPS NW Branch and introduce some of our fabulous students. Ruth was a very worthy winner of the prize for best presentation, she presented her dissertation results succinctly and clearly. It was the most confident I've ever seen Ruth present. I hope the success of the day will encourage other students to submit to present next year’