Domestic Violence Research – A new study

There is another study out that demonstrates that women and men are pretty much equal when it comes to domestic violence.  This is not something that is new knowledge, there are a lot of studies that demonstrate this.  You can see a list of them by clicking on this link.  That link takes you to a bibliography much like we have here except it is about domestic violence research.  The new study that is out is this:

Bates, E. A., Graham-Kevan, N., & Archer, J. (2014). Testing predictions from the male control theory of men’s partner violence. Aggressive Behavior, 40(1), 42-55. doi: 10.1002/ab.21499


The aim of this study was to test predictions from the male control theory of intimate partner violence (IPV) and Johnson’s [Johnson, M. P. (1995). Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 282–294] typology. A student sample (N  = 1,104) reported on their use of physical aggression and controlling behavior, to partners and to same-sex non-intimates. Contrary to the male control theory, women were found to be more physically aggressive to their partners than men were, and the reverse pattern was found for aggression to same-sex non-intimates. Furthermore, there were no substantial sex differences in controlling behavior, which significantly predicted physical aggression in both sexes. IPV was found to be associated with physical aggression to same-sex non-intimates, thereby demonstrating a link with aggression outside the family. Using Johnson’s typology, women were more likely than men to be classed as “intimate terrorists,” which was counter to earlier findings. Overall, these results do not support the male control theory of IPV. Instead, they fit the view that IPV does not have a special etiology, and is better studied within the context of other forms of aggression. Aggr. Behav. 40:42–55, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

You can view the full study at that link.

So why put this here?  Because it, along with the other studies, just reinforces the message that we keep repeating here and that is that people are people and each situation and person is unique unto itself.  Sweeping generalizations, stereotypes and preconceptions can be harmful.  We need to move away from all of these things and start treating everyone as a unique individual.


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