Male Entitlements, Sexual Jealousy and Intimate Partner Violence

Paul Mazerolle, The University of Queensland
Jeffrey R. Maahs, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Denise C. Herz, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Paul Guerin, University of New Mexico

Two key issues motivate the present research. First, because the majority of research on male-perpetrated intimate partner violence has been conducted on small, clinical samples of assaultive men, there is a general need to identify the predictors of battering on less selective samples. Second, despite the range of theories and risk factors for intimate partner violence that have been identified previously, an under-explored area concerns male attitudes of entitlement. In the current project, male entitlement attitudes are explored to examine their relationship to male-perpetrated intimate partner violence. Using data from over 350 recent male arrestees participating in the Omaha Intimate Partner Violence Project, this project examines whether measures gauging male entitlement attitudes (i.e., male dominance, male preferences, etc) as well as other risk factors such as sexual jealousy, sex role attitudes, and prior exposure to violence during childhood are related to intimate partner violence net of other predictors. Directions for future research on male-perpetrated intimate partnher violence are discussed.

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