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Antisociality and Intimate Partner Violence: The Facilitating Role of Shame

Kivisto, A. J.,
Kivisto, K. L.,
Moore, T. M.,
Rhatigan, D. L.
Year Published: 2011
Journal Article
Violence and Victims, 26(6): 758-773, 2011

Numerous theories classify distinct subtypes of men who perpetrate violence against female partners. The theories contend that a large portion of these men possess antisocial characteristics that may increase risk for violence. Affectively, these men have been found to externalize their emotions, including shame and guilt, and it has been suggested that this process contributes to the perpetration of partner violence. In this study, the authors sought to examine the role of shame and guilt in the association between antisociality and partner violence perpetration (psychological, physical, and sexual). The sample consisted of 423 undergraduate men (average age 19.70 years; 96 percent heterosexual; 86.7 percent White). Results show that shame moderated the association between antisociality and partner violence perpetration such that as shame increases, the associations between antisociality and all three types of partner violence perpetration increase. The authors discuss the implications for batterer intervention programs. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondance to: Aaron J. Kivisto, PhD, Children and the Law Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, 151 Merrimac Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 3, Boston, MA 02114; E-mail:
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