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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Anger Control Intimate partner violence Young adult relationships 

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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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