Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Men Seeking Help: The Explanatory role of Psychological Distress and Affect Dysregulation

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Men Seeking Help: The Explanatory role of Psychological Distress and Affect Dysregulation

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Men Seeking Help: The Explanatory role of Psychological Distress and Affect Dysregulation

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Men Seeking Help: The Explanatory role of Psychological Distress and Affect Dysregulations

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Audet, Ariane, Brassard, Audrey, Dugal, Caroline, Claing, Aurélie, Daspe, Marie-Ève, Savard, Claudia, Lafontaine, Marie-France, Péloquin, Katherine et Godbout, Natacha. 2022. «Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Men Seeking Help: The Explanatory role of Psychological Distress and Affect Dysregulation ». Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 37, no 23-24, p. NP22578-NP22599.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study investigated whether psychological distress symptoms (anger, depression, and anxiety) are directly and indirectly related to the perpetration of IPV [intimate partner violence] through AD [affect dysregulation] in men seeking help for IPV.» (p. NP22582)

Questions/Hypothèses :
Authors «expected that (H1) symptoms of anger would be directly and positively related to coercive control […], physical assault, and psychological abuse […], and that (H2) symptoms of depression would be directly and positively related to coercive control […], physical assault, and psychological abuse […]. [They] also expected that (H3) symptoms of anger and depression would be indirectly associated with IPV perpetration through higher AD. Because of mixed results, no a priori hypotheses were put forward for the association between symptoms of anxiety and perpetrated IPV.» (p. NP22582)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample included 335 Canadian men in treatment for IPV-related difficulties aged between 18 and 88 years old (M = 36.03, SD = 10.30). […] The current study is part of a larger ongoing research project involving nine community organizations offering group and/or individual treatment for men seeking help for IPV. Participants were recruited from these community organizations from the province of Quebec, Canada.» (p. NP22582-NP22584)

Instruments :
Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«In line with [the] third hypothesis (but infirming H1), symptoms of anger are indirectly related to higher physical assault, psychological abuse, and coercive control through higher AD. When all variables are considered in a single model, anger is no longer directly linked to IPV; it is rather the indirect association through AD that explains the link between anger and IPV. That is, men with anger symptoms reported having greater difficulty regulating their affects, which contributed to their greater propensity to use IPV.» (p. NP22589) «Results partially supported [the] second and third hypotheses and suggest that symptoms of depression are directly and indirectly related to the use of physical assault, psychological abuse, and coercive control through higher AD. Indeed, although the associations between depressive symptoms and the three forms of IPV were partly explained by greater difficulties regulating negative affects, depressive symptoms also remained directly associated with physical assault and coercive control. These results indicate that negative mood, loneliness, or helplessness could contribute to men’s propensity to use physical assault and coercive control towards a romantic partner, beyond their association with AD.» (p. NP22590)