Emotion Dysregulation, Gender, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration: An Exploratory Study in College Students

Academic Article


  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent problem, as it is bidirectional and perpetrated by both men and women. Emotion dysregulation may influence IPV perpetration among men and women. This cross-sectional survey study of 598 college students investigated the associations between two important factors related to IPV perpetration: gender and emotion dysregulation. Findings illustrated an association between emotion dysregulation and IPV perpetration. The bivariate association between physical violence and one facet of emotion dysregulation differed by gender, such that lack of emotional awareness was associated with violence perpetrated by women, but not men; however, this was not supported in multivariate analyses. These preliminary findings suggest that future work should examine how different emotion regulation deficits may increase IPV by gender.
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    Author List

  • Bliton CF; Wolford-Clevenger C; Zapor H; Elmquist JA; Brem MJ; Shorey RC; Stuart GL
  • Start Page

  • 371
  • End Page

  • 377
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 3