Emotion dysregulation as a correlate of intimate partner violence among women arrested for domestic violence

Academic Article


  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health problem. Research and theory suggests that emotion dysregulation is an important correlate of IPV and thus may be a fruitful target of intervention efforts. However, examination of emotion dysregulation among women arrested for domestic violence, an understudied population, is nonexistent. The current study extended prior research by examining what components of emotion dysregulation related to IPV perpetration while controlling for substance misuse and antisocial traits, two robust correlates of IPV, in women arrested for domestic violence and court-ordered to batterer intervention programs (N = 71). In the current study, the emotion dysregulation component of Impulse Control Difficulties was significantly associated with the perpetration of physical IPV. Findings suggest a link between impulse control during negative emotional experiences and the perpetration of IPV among women arrested for domestic violence. Implications regarding findings and future research and intervention applications are discussed.
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  • Grigorian HL; Garner A; Florimbio AR; Brem MJ; Wolford-Clevenger C; Elmquist JAM; Shorey RC; Stuart GL
  • Start Page

  • 98
  • End Page

  • 113
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 1