A Cascade Model of Sociodevelopmental Events Leading to Men's Perpetration of Violence Against Female Romantic Partners

Farnaz Kaighobadi, Aurelio J. Figueredo, Todd K. Shackelford, David F. Bjorklund

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Abstract

Conceptually driven by life history theory, the current study investigated a hypothesized hierarchy of behaviors leading to men's perpetration of violence in intimate relationships. Using a series of hierarchical regressions, we tested a causal cascade model on data provided by 114 men in a committed romantic relationship. The results supported the hypothesized hierarchy of sociodevelopmental events: (1) men's childhood experiences with their parents’ parental effort predicted men's life history strategies; (2) men's life history strategies predicted men's behavioral self-regulation; (3) men's self-regulation predicted men's perceptions of partner infidelity risk; (4) perceptions of infidelity risk predicted men's frequency of engagement in nonviolent mate retention behaviors; (5) men's mate retention behaviors predicted men's frequency of partner-directed violence. The overall cascade model explained 36% of variance in men's partner-directed violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEvolutionary Psychology
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • intimate partner violence
  • life history theory
  • mate retention behaviors
  • partner infidelity risk
  • self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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