Attributions of Negative Partner Behavior by Men Who Physically Abuse Their Partners
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Tonizzo, S., Howells, K., Day, A., Reidpath, D. and Froyland, I. (2000) ‘Attributions of negative partner behavior by men who physically abuse their partners’, Journal of Family Violence, 15(2), pp. 155–167. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007590827696.
This study investigated the association between family violence and the attributions made for negative partner behaviors in an Australian context. Three groups of men were classified as physically violent (in counseling), non-physically violent (in counseling), and non-physically violent (in the community). The Relationship Attribution Measure was used to assess the attributional dependent variables of locus, stability, globality, intent, motivation, and blame. Significant differences between violent and nonviolent men on each of the attributional dimensions were found. Physically violent men were more likely than non-physically violent men (counseling) to attribute the negative behavior of their partners to unchangeable, intentional rather than unintentional, selfishly motivated, and blameworthy causes. However, these differences disappeared when marital satisfaction was controlled. The implications of this work for domestic violence intervention programs are discussed, along with a number of methodological issues and directions for future research.