Navigation Links
Male batterers consistently overestimate rates of violence toward partners
Date:3/9/2010

Men who engaged in domestic violence consistently overestimated how common such behavior is, and the more they overestimated it the more they engaged in abusing their partner in the previous 90 days, according to new research conducted at the University of Washington.

Those men overestimated by two to three times the actual rates of seven behaviors ranging from throwing something at a partner to rape,, according Clayton Neighbors, lead author of a paper to be published in a spring issue of the journal Violence Against Women.

"We don't know why men make these overestimations, but there are a couple of likely reasons. Men who engage in violent behavior justify it in their mind by thinking it is more common and saying, 'Most guys slap their women around so it is OK to engage in it.' Or it could be that misperceptions about violence cause the behavior," said Neighbors, now a UW affiliate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a professor of psychology at the University of Houston.

"Another way of looking at this would be wearing a red shirt. If you think everyone is wearing a red shirt then it is okay for you to wear one too. Or if you wear a red shirt you might overestimate the number of other people who are wearing red shirts," he said.

The work is the first to document overestimation of intimate partner violence by batterers and is consistent with findings about a variety of other harmful behaviors such as substance use, gambling and eating disorders. This line of research looks at social norms, or what is considered to be appropriate and inappropriate behavior in society.

"Social norms theory suggests that people act in a way that they believe is consistent with what the average person does," added co-author Denise Walker, a UW research professor of social work and co-director of the Innovative Programs Research Group.

The research looked at 124 men who were enrolled in a larger treatment intervention study for domestic violence. The men, all of whom had participated in violence against a partner in the previous 90 days, were asked to estimate the percentage of men who had ever engaged in seven forms of abuse. These included throwing something at a partner that could hurt; pushing, grabbing or shoving a partner; slapping or hitting; choking; beating up a partner; threatening a partner with a gun; and forcing a partner have sex when they did not want to.

Data on the percentage of men who actually engaged in these abusive behaviors were drawn from the National Violence Against Women Survey, funded by the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In every case the men vastly overestimated the actual instances of abuse. For example, the participants on average thought 27.6 percent of men had thrown something with the intent of hurting a partner while the actual number is 11.9 percent. Similarly, they believed 23.6 percent of men had forced their partner to have sex involuntary compared to 7.9 percent in reality.

"With sexual assault the more a man thought it was prevalent the more likely he was to engage in such behavior. If we can correct misperceptions about the prevalence of intimate partner violence, we have a chance to change men's behavior. If you give them factual information it is harder for them to justify their behavior," Neighbors said

Walker added: "It is unclear if we can change perpetrators' behavior by correcting their misperceptions about intimate partner violence. However, work in alcohol use suggests that changing misperceptions about drinking changes drinking behavior among college students. Consistent with social norms theory, people are motivated to be 'average' in many ways, particularly if the behavior in question could be considered risky or taboo."


'/>"/>

Contact: Joel Schwarz
joels@u.washington.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. QHR Client Hospitals Lauded for Consistently High Quality Standards, Exceeding Patient Expectations
2. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
3. The public overestimates benefits of cancer screening, survey finds
4. The risk of developing deep vein thrombosis during a flight is often overestimated
5. New EPI Healthcare Study by June ONeill Shows Uninsured Crisis Wildly Overestimated
6. Radiologists overestimate their overall risk of malpractice lawsuits in breast imaging
7. Doctors Often Overestimate Patients Health Literacy
8. Heart Failure Patients Overestimate Their Life Expectancy
9. Most Baby Boomers Overestimate Breadth and Depth of Public Safety Net for Disabled Workers
10. Study finds patients overestimate cancer screening history
11. DCIS patients overestimate breast cancer risks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Judy Buchanan, co-owner ... in Frederick, MD. Judy says, “I am passionate about sharing Reiki as a ... very difficult and challenging time.” , A Certified Medical Reiki™ Master trained by ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at ... his life to the fullest, as God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog ... and grandmother pursuing her passion for writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... clinic, located at 960 Gruene Road in Building 2. The clinic is the group’s ... Andrew Bennett, PT, says opening the company’s second New Braunfels location brings things full ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, ... ... and financial services firm serving the families and businesses of the Norwalk ... enrichment program. Northern Ohio Recovery Center (N.O.R.A.) is a nonprofit, community-based substance ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... comprehensive educational training program owned and organized by HMP Communications Holdings, LLC, today ... program for physicians within its nationwide network of wound centers interested in becoming ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 The Board of Directors of ... Report 2016 including the complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. ... Nordic Nanovector,s website in the section Investor Relations/Reports and presentations/Annual ... ... Kvåle, Chief Financial Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ir@nordicnanovector.com ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... based in St. Joseph, Missouri , has selected AccuReg to help ... in 22 cities, and its flagship St. Joseph Medical Center. Mosaic Life ... care to its patients, including the insurance, billing and collections processes. ... ... St. Joseph Medical Center ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Mar. 23, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Analysis By Procedure, Replacement Procedure By Technique, Repair Procedure By Technique, ... ... Devices Market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 13.35% ... is driven by rising aging population, growth in population with heart ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: