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NCJ Number: 229804 Find in a Library
Title: Men's Self-Reported Descriptions and Precipitants of Domestic Violence Perpetration as Reported in Intake Evaluations
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:149-158
Author(s): Becky Fenton; Jill H. Rathus
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used intake interviews to obtain and examine men's self-reported descriptions of domestic violence.
Abstract: This study examines descriptions and precipitants of domestic violence events, as reported by 24 males in intake interviews for a domestic violence treatment program. Six categories were derived for men's descriptions/explanations of violent incidents and 11 categories were derived for precipitants of violence. Men's accounts of their violent interactions reveal a wider range of descriptions than those often discussed in the literature, including direct acknowledgment and remorse. The most frequently reported precipitants were arguments regarding children/pets, violence of partner, alcohol use, overwhelming emotions, and arguments regarding jealousy; these were consistent with previously identified precipitants. Kappas indicated that rates of interrater agreement for descriptions and precipitants reached acceptable reliability. Results extend the widely-cited findings on men's self-appraisals of intimate partner violence and support past work on proximal factors that elicit violent partner responses. We propose a taxonomy of proximal antecedents of intimate partner violence to integrate present findings with previous research. Tables, appendixes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Domestic assault prevention; Domestic relations; Domestic violence causes; Family counseling; Male offenders; Self-report studies; Violent men
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