Violent Behavior In Interpersonal Relationship By John R. Hepburn

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John R. Hepburn is an interactionist who wanted to explain the process of interpersonal violence pattern and the high percentage of victims/offenders who know each other. About 20 to 24 percent of homicide, aggravated assault, and sexual assault occurred between either a well-known person or an intimate partner of the victims. In his article titled “Violent Behavior in Interpersonal Relationship,” Hepburn argues.
Violent behavior occurs when there is a conflict between two or more persons while interacting. If a person 's identity has been threatened, there are three ways the threat may be reduced: avoidance, acceptance, and retaliation. Retaliation is most likely to lead to violence because the individual does not want to be stigmatized as weak, unmanly, or foolish. The person will first retaliate verbally, or if it triggers them, with physical violence. There are five ways a person can react to
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According to Armstrong, each gender brings different expectation to a college party, and because of that, individual level are in conflict. Men go to parties looking to have sex, while women go to parties looking to be desired, but not necessary to have sex. Both genders would agree that the party scene is very popular for women and men. A woman gets status from the attention she receives from men. A man get status from having sex with desirable women. This is how their interest in the party scene comes into conflict. This relates to Hepburn theory because the men and the women have different interest, which could cause a conflict of interest between the two. The men (at the fraternity party) are not going to allow their identity to be challenged because of their subordinate position to the women. Since the men want to have sex and the women do not, the probability of violence is going to increase due to the conflict of interest. Especially if there is an audience they have relations with, then violence will

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