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J Fam Violence. 2016 Jan 1;31(1):1-13. Epub 2015 Jul 8.

Anger, Control, and Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood.

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Department of Sociology and Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.


A common theme in the literature 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 significantly related to the 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 some areas of similarity in the relationship and emotional processes associated with variations in men and women's IPV reports.


anger; control; intimate partner violence; young adult relationships

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