Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 39–56 | Cite as

Mediators of male violence toward female intimates

  • Teresa W. Julian
  • Patrick C. McKenry


The purpose of this study was to compare perceived life stressors, alcohol usage, and perceived quality of the intimate relationship of a group of males who have abused their female intimate with a group who have no history of abuse toward their partner. Interviews were conducted with 42 men who were defined as violent and 50 men who were defined as nonviolent. Interviews consisted of various demographic and health questions as well as standardized instrumentation (Michigan Alcoholism Screen Test, Autonomy/Relatedness Scale, Life Experiences Survey, and Conflict-Tactics Scale). Student's t tests indicated that the two groups differed as a function of perceived life Stressors, perceived quality of the intimate relationship, race, and depression. Stepwise logistic regression indicated that higher perceived quality of the intimate relationship, black race, and greater depression were significant predictors of male violence toward female intimates.

Key words

domestic violence male batterers life Stressors intimate abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa W. Julian
    • 1
  • Patrick C. McKenry
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family & CommunityThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.Department of Family Relations & Human DevelopmentThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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