Masculinity and Violence: Sex Roles and Violence Endorsement among University Students

Bozkurt V., Tartanoglu S., Dawes G.

6th World conference on Psychology Counseling and Guidance, Antalya, Turkey, 14 - 16 May 2015, vol.205, pp.254-260 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 205
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.09.072
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.254-260
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The relationship between masculinity and violence is examined in this paper. Masculinity is defined by key characteristics such as a willingness to take risks, having self-reliance, possessing a strong personality, exhibiting leadership abilities, defending ones self-beliefs and acting rationally. To be a real man, an individual must be seen being ambitious, dominant, self-reliant, competitive, independent, assertive and aggressive. Most of the characteristics of masculinity mentioned here are often associated with a culture of violence which is male dominated. The data was drawn from a survey administered to college students in a Turkish University by the authors. The results of this research confirmed that sex, masculinity and violence are very closely related. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.