Hypermasculinity, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Aggression, Social Support, and Child Maltreatment Risk in Urban, Heterosexual Fathers Taking Parenting Classes

Guerrero, D. A. V.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2009
Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare 88(4); 135-155: 2009
Child Welfare League of America

In this study, the author examined the relationships among hypermasculinity, sexual aggression, intimate partner violence, social support, and child maltreatment risk among heterosexual fathers completing parenting classes. The sample consisted of 55 adult males (age range 22 to 59; 70.9 percent white and 12.7 percent African American; 38.2 percent married, 16.4 percent living with a partner, 12.7 percent separated, 12.7 percent divorced, and 20 percent single). Hypermasculinity scores were found to be significant predictors of study participants' reported verbal, physical, and sexual aggression toward their intimate partners. Only lack of social support (operationalized as the reported frequency of participants' conversations with friends, relatives, or neighbors about their problems) was a significant predictor of child maltreatment risk. Alcohol frequency, education, and monthly income were not unique, significant predictors of any dependent variables. The author discusses the implications for clinical practice and research. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondence to Dr. Desi Vasquez, UNC School of Law, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380; E-mail: Vasquez@unc.edu; Website: http://www.cwla.org/articles/cwjabstracts.htm#0904
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