Psychological intimate partner violence and childhood cumulative trauma: the mediating role of affect dysregulation, maladaptive personality traits, and negative urgency

Dugal, Caroline, Girard, Marianne, Bélanger, Claude, Sabourin, Stéphane, Bates, Elizabeth and Godbout, Natacha (2018) Psychological intimate partner violence and childhood cumulative trauma: the mediating role of affect dysregulation, maladaptive personality traits, and negative urgency. Journal of Interpersonal Violence .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518801022

Abstract

The current study examined the mediating role of affect dysregulation, maladaptive personality traits, and negative urgency in the association between childhood cumulative trauma (CCT) and psychological intimate partner violence (IPV). A total of 241 men and women from the general population answered self-report questionnaires assessing these variables. Results indicated that 70% of participants reported at least two different types of childhood trauma, while, over the past year, 80% indicated having perpetrated or experienced psychological IPV. Path analyses of a sequential mediation model confirmed that the CCT–IPV association is explained by affect dysregulation, maladaptive personality traits, and negative urgency. These findings support the need to assess affect regulation and personality traits in CCT survivors. Psychosocial interventions should aim to increase self-soothing skills and decrease negative urgency to prevent psychological IPV.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1552-6518
Departments: Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Depositing User: Elizabeth Bates
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 11:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:06
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4065

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