Narcissism and Type of Violent Relationships for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

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Title: Narcissism and Type of Violent Relationships for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
Author: Rinker, Lee
Abstract: The study proposed to distinguish differences in perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (i .e . , Common Couple Violence and Patriarchal Terrorism ) due to the mediating effect of their presentations of narcissism (covert and overt ) . Distinguishing perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence by their narcissistic presentations should assist clinicians in batterer treatment programs to create specific lessons /interventions for perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence based on their narcissistic quality . The study of a cross -section of men in a Batterer Intervention Program included measures on self -perception , views of partner , and history of violent , aggressive , controlling , and psychologically abusive interactions with their partner . Structural Equation Modeling with Analysis of Moment Structures was used to determine the structure and function of narcissism and interpersonal violence . Intimate Partner Violence was distinguishable as Common Couple Violence or Patriarchal Terrorism , but the results were not sufficiently conclusive to warrant an absolute classification system . Overt Narcissism was somewhat useful in distinguishing Patriarchal Terrorism from Common Couple Violence by mediating the effects of violent behaviors , controlling behaviors , and psychological abuse when mediated by type of narcissism . That information is useful for clinicians interested in creating targeted interventions to participants in Batterer Intervention Programs to reduce Intimate Partner Violence and violent recidivism . Specifically , Common Couple Violence was described by the number of times the participant physically injured the partner over the past year , the total number of conflict tactics used , and whether their partner needed medical attention following physical injury . Patriarchal Terrorism was described by psychological abuse and controlling behaviors . Overt Narcissism increased Patriarchal Terrorism , whereas , Covert Narcissism did not assist in distinguishing Common Couple Violence from Patriarchal Terrorism . The mediating effect that Covert Narcissism had on violent behaviors , controlling behaviors , and psychological abuse was weak . Overt Narcissism is a more useful construct when identifying potential Patriarchal Terrorists , while Covert Narcissism was not found to provide additional detail to either Patriarchal Terrorism or Common Couple Violence . Knowing the differing and similar impacts of those constructs can potentially grant greater clinical effectiveness with perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -417
Date: 2010-01-16

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Narcissism and Type of Violent Relationships for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -417 .

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