Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 85–94

Behavioral and Attitudinal Factors Differentiating Male Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators With and Without a History of Childhood Family Violence

  • Rosalyn D. Lee
  • Mikel L. Walters
  • Jeffrey E. Hall
  • Kathleen C. Basile
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-012-9475-8

Cite this article as:
Lee, R.D., Walters, M.L., Hall, J.E. et al. J Fam Viol (2013) 28: 85. doi:10.1007/s10896-012-9475-8

Abstract

This study utilized a sample of men (N = 340) charged with assault against a female partner to assess differences among IPV perpetrators with and without a history of childhood family violence on factors such as angry, controlling and violent behaviors, substance use related behaviors, and attitudes towards women. Over two-thirds of the sample reported childhood exposure to maltreatment or witnessing IPV. Chi-square analyses and t-tests indicated significant differences between perpetrators with and without a history of family violence on eight of eleven measures. Findings suggest perpetrators with a family violence history more strongly endorse ideas that present women and feminine attributes in a negative light. This research demonstrates that while exposure to family violence during childhood is not necessary for IPV to occur, its presence may be a marker for more severe attitudinal and behavioral problems. Findings highlight the need for primary prevention efforts and can inform secondary prevention strategies.

Keywords

Child maltreatment Witnessing intimate partner violence Perpetrators of intimate partner violence Family violence Violence prevention Behavior Attitudes 

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© © Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA) 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosalyn D. Lee
    • 1
  • Mikel L. Walters
    • 1
  • Jeffrey E. Hall
    • 2
  • Kathleen C. Basile
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and ControlU.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and ControlU.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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