Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Fritz, Patti (Psychology)

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The objective of the present study was to identify social skill deficits associated with male-perpetrated physical, psychological, and sexual dating violence. Male university students between the ages of 17 and 25 years completed an online survey (N = 230). Logistic regression analyses suggested that self-reported perpetration of physical assault was associated with the use of more dominating conflict resolution strategies, a greater tendency to attribute negative intentions to partner behaviors, and less perspective taking ability. In addition, psychological aggression was associated with the use of more escalating anger management strategies and compromising conflict resolution strategies after controlling for social desirability. Finally, sexual coercion was associated with the use of more dominating and escalating strategies after controlling for social desirability. Social problem-solving did not significantly predict any type of dating violence. Overall, these findings suggest a need for prevention and intervention programs that include conflict resolution, anger management, and empathy-building components.

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