Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Anger, Control, and Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood

  • Peggy C. Giordano
  • Jennifer E. Copp
  • Monica A. Longmore
  • Wendy D. Manning
Original Article


A common theme is that intimate partner violence (IPV) is not about anger, but about power and control. While prior research has focused either on respondents’ or partners’ controlling behaviors, an interactionist perspective provides the basis for hypothesizing that both respondent and partner control will be associated with increased odds of reporting perpetration, and that emotional processes are a component of IPV experiences. Analyses rely on interview data collected at waves 1 and 5 of a longitudinal study (Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study; n = 928) of adolescent and young adult relationships. Results indicate that after controlling for traditional predictors, both respondent and partner control attempts and measures of anger (including a measure of relationship-based anger) contributed significantly to the odds of reporting perpetration. Further, these patterns did not differ by gender, indicating areas of similarity in the relationship and emotional processes associated with variations in men and women’s IPV reports.


Anger Control Intimate partner violence Young adult relationships 



This research was supported by grants from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD036223) to Peggy C. Giordano, Principal Investigator, the Department of Health and Human Services (5APRPA006009) to Monica A. Longmore, Principal Investigator, the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice (Awards 2009-IJ-CX-0503 and 2010-MU-MU-0031) to Peggy C. Giordano, Principal Investigator, and in part by the Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University, which has core funding supported by a grant from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R24HD050959) to Wendy D. Manning, Principal Investigator. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice or the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggy C. Giordano
    • 1
  • Jennifer E. Copp
    • 1
    • 2
  • Monica A. Longmore
    • 1
  • Wendy D. Manning
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Center for Family and Demographic ResearchBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.College of Criminology and Criminal JusticeFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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