Testing Predictions From the Male Control Theory of Men’s Partner Violence

Bates, Elizabeth, Graham-Kevan, Nicola orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0621-3093 and Archer, John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0483-1576 (2013) Testing Predictions From the Male Control Theory of Men’s Partner Violence. Aggressive Behavior, 40 (1). pp. 42-55. ISSN 0096-140X

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[Johnson, M. P. (1995). Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 282–294] typology.Astudent sample (N ¼ 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 nonintimates,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.

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