Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 371–377 | Cite as

Emotion Dysregulation, Gender, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration: An Exploratory Study in College Students

  • Chloe F. Bliton
  • Caitlin Wolford-ClevengerEmail author
  • Heather Zapor
  • JoAnna Elmquist
  • Meagan J. Brem
  • Ryan C. Shorey
  • Gregory L. Stuart
Original Article


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent problem, as it is bidirectional and perpetrated by both men and women. Emotion dysregulation may influence IPV perpetration among men and women. This cross-sectional survey study of 598 college students investigated the associations between two important factors related to IPV perpetration: gender and emotion dysregulation. Findings illustrated an association between emotion dysregulation and IPV perpetration. The bivariate association between physical violence and one facet of emotion dysregulation differed by gender, such that lack of emotional awareness was associated with violence perpetrated by women, but not men; however, this was not supported in multivariate analyses. These preliminary findings suggest that future work should examine how different emotion regulation deficits may increase IPV by gender.


Emotion regulation Intimate partner violence Dating violence Gender differences 



This work was supported, in part, by grant K24AA019707 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded to the last author. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIAAA or the National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chloe F. Bliton
    • 1
  • Caitlin Wolford-Clevenger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heather Zapor
    • 1
  • JoAnna Elmquist
    • 1
  • Meagan J. Brem
    • 1
  • Ryan C. Shorey
    • 2
  • Gregory L. Stuart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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