The Role of Chinese Face in the Perpetration of Dating Partner Violence

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This study explored the associations between the perpetration of partner violence and two types of face orientation-protective and acquisitive-in Chinese societies. Data from a convenience sample of 3,388 university students from Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing were analyzed. The participants completed the Protective and Acquisitive Face Orientation (PAFO) Scale Short Form and the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2) to measure their face orientations and experience of perpetrating violence against their dating partner. Acquisitive face orientation (AFO) was positively associated with the self-reported perpetration of physical and psychological partner violence. No significant associations were found between protective face orientation (PFO) and partner violence perpetration. Gender differences were found across all types of dating violence. City of residence, age, and SES were also associated with partner violence in specific ways. The findings gave insights on the possible mechanisms between partner violence and the concept of face to be explored in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-811
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese face
  • dating violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • perpetration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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