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NCJ Number: 222230 Find in a Library
Title: Differentiating Between Generally and Partner-Only Violent Subgroups: Lifetime Antisocial Behavior, Family of Origin Violence, and Impulsivity
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:47-55
Author(s): Douglas J. Boyle; K. Daniel O’Leary; Alan Rosenbaum; Constance Hassett-Walker
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: 19107
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined self-reported lifetime antisocial behavior, family of origin violence, and impulsivity/behavioral disinhibition of men during treatment for partner violence.
Abstract: The study found that generally violent (GV) men were characterized by a lifelong pattern of violence against others and antisocial behavior. This pattern was seen in greater violence directed by GV men against others and their families of origin, as well as more conduct disordered and delinquent behavior in late childhood and adolescence. This pattern continued during adulthood, with greater antisocial behavior, general violence, and partners’ psychological abuse. GV men were also characterized by greater behavioral disinhibition, though group differences on impulsivity only approached significant. Findings regarding early childhood experiences of witnessing and being the victim of family violence, and engaging in conduct disordered and delinquent behavior during adolescence mediated the relationship between early experiences in the home and later perpetrating IPV as an adult. Some research has suggested that a distinction between psychopathic batterers and others be made with impulsivity being a primary defining characteristic of the psychopath. The present study lends some support to the idea that there is a subgroup of batterers with psychopathic tendencies such as greater impulsivity/behavioral disinhibition, and more antisocial behavior. Findings suggest that interventions tailored to the underlying temperament of GV men should be incorporated with traditional treatment. Data were collected from a sample of 73 men entering a university-based treatment center for partner violence. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Psychosexual behavior
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Violent-nonviolent behavior comparisons
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