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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

On-line version ISSN 1989-4007Print version ISSN 1889-1861


JUARROS-BASTERRETXEA, Joel; OVERALL, Nickola; HERRERO, Juan  and  RODRIGUEZ-DIAZ, Francisco J.. Considering the effect of sexism on psychological intimate partner violence: a study with imprisoned men. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2019, vol.11, n.2, pp.61-69.  Epub Oct 26, 2020. ISSN 1989-4007.

Psychological intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most prevalent form of IPV and is often thought to precede physical IPV. However, psychological IPV often occurs independently of other forms of IPV, and it can often emerge during routine relationship interactions. Using data from imprisoned male offenders we investigate the effect of hostile and benevolent sexist attitudes on psychological IPV and the hypothesized mediating role of positive attitudes toward IPV and this effect when accounting for broader risk factors at the levels of community (social disorder), family-of-origin (conflictive climate in family of origin), and personality (antisocial personality traits) variables. The sample involved 196 male inmates of the Penitentiary Center of Villabona (Asturias, Spain). Structural equation models result showed significant total, direct and indirect effect of hostile sexism on psychological IPV, but not of benevolent sexism. When individual, family-of-origin, and community variables were considered, however, hostile sexism showed only an indirect effect on psychological IPV via positive attitudes toward abuse. These results are discussed in light of the debate of the role of sexist attitudes in the psychological IPV explanation when broader models are considered.

Keywords : Intimate partner violence; Psychological aggression; Ecological framework; Sexist attitudes; Inmates.

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