Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs at devastatingly high rates in the United States. The current interventions for perpetrators of IPV are limited in their effectiveness. Research regarding characteristics of perpetrators of IPV may provide needed insights about their aggression in order to inform more effective treatments. This cross-sectional study employed the newly developed Interactions with Animals Scale, an original measure of a form of aggression that lacks comprehensive examination despite its demonstrated association with IPV, adulthood animal abuse (AAA). The prevalence, frequency, initiation, motivation, type of animal victimized, and recency of AAA was obtained from a sample of men (N= 157) and women (N= 41) arrested for domestic violence. This study also examined whether AAA accounts for unique variance in IPV perpetration beyond antisocial characteristics, and whether those IPV perpetrators who engaged in AAA differed from those who did not on other characteristics common to perpetrators of IPV. Comparisons by sex were made where appropriate.
|Publisher||University of Tennessee- Knoxville|
|Degree||Doctor of Philosophy|
|University||University of Tennessee- Knoxville|
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