Self-control, intimate partner abuse, and intimate partner victimization: Testing the general theory of crime in Thailand

Academic Article


  • Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) treatise on low self-control has been the subject of much debate and empirical testing. Although the theory was developed as an explanation for criminal offending, researchers have examined recently whether low self-control may increase the risk of criminal victimization. This study contributes to the literature by (1) simultaneously assessing the effects of low self-control on offending and victimization, (2) focusing on psychological and physical intimate partner abuse in the family context, and (3) using a cross-cultural dataset. We utilize Tobit regression to test the impact of low self-control on intimate partner aggression and victimization in a sample of 794 married females residing in Bangkok, Thailand. Results provide a more thorough understanding of self-control theory and intimate partner abuse in a cross-cultural context.
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  • Kerley KR; Xu X; Sirisunyaluck B
  • Start Page

  • 503
  • End Page

  • 532
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 6