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NCJ Number: 186401 Find in a Library
Title: Predictors of Underreporting of Male Violence by Batterer Program Participants and Their Partners
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:15  Issue:4  Dated:December 2000  Pages:423-443
Author(s): D. Alex Heckert; Edward W. Gondolf
Editor(s): Vincent B. Van Hasselt; Michel Hersen
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors developed prediction equations of underreporting on the Conflict Tactics Scale using a multi-site data base of 840 men admitted to batterer programs in Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, and Denver and their female partners.
Abstract: The authors first used variables measured at program intake to predict female and male underreporting of male violence at program intake. The authors then used variables measured at program intake, as well as measures of program participation, to predict male-female disagreement (male underreporting) at 12-month follow-up. Several variables predicted underreporting, both at intake and at follow-up, but overall prediction was only marginally better than chance. Findings suggest men and women underreport violence based on situational factors such as relationship characteristics and on rational reasons rather than based on personality traits or social desirability. The ability to predict underreporting, however, is too weak for adjustment of self-reports by clinicians and program evaluators. 35 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Colorado; Domestic assault; Female victims; Pennsylvania; Self-report studies; Texas; Violence prediction; Violent men
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