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dc.contributor.advisorRigas, Basil; Boon, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.authorJose, Anitaen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Clinical Psychologyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-15T18:04:19Z
dc.date.available2012-05-15T18:04:19Z
dc.date.issued1-May-10en_US
dc.date.submittedMay-10en_US
dc.identifierJose_grad.sunysb_0771E_10146.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/55491
dc.description.abstractDespite the amount of research on partner aggression, the field lacks a unified theory. Personality problems, substance use, marital distress, and psychological aggression are consistently included in models of physical aggression but these variables have not been incorporated into one concise model with a strong theoretical rationale. We hypothesize that psychopathic traits, borderline traits, and alcohol use problems are each risk factors for psychological aggression and physical aggression during relationship conflict. We also hypothesize that borderline traits suggest poorer relationship quality due to the interpersonal difficulties central to Borderline Personality Disorder, which in turn is a risk factor for greater psychological aggression. Finally, we suggest that psychological aggression is likely to escalate into physical aggression regardless of the associated psychopathology. This study tests a model of physical aggression in a sample of 194 men in treatment for physical or psychological aggression in the Madrid area of Spain. Results suggest the prevalence of aggression in this Spanish batterer sample is lower than in batterer samples in the US. In the path model highlighted in this paper, borderline traits were risk factors for poor relationship quality, psychological and physical aggression perpetration, and alcohol problems. Alcohol problems were associated with physical aggression. Psychological aggression and alcohol problems significantly mediated the association between borderline traits and physical aggression. These findings are discussed within a culture-sensitive context and we also address conceptual and treatment implications.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Clinical Psychology. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPsychology, Clinicalen_US
dc.subject.otherInternational, Path Analysis, Physical Aggression, Relationship Quality, Spainen_US
dc.titleRisk Factors for Physical Aggression in Couplesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): K. Daniel O'Leary. Committee Member(s): E. David Klonsky; Evelyn Bromet; Bonita London-Thompson.en_US
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