Patriarchal ideology and frequency of partner abuse among men in batterer treatment groups

Anthony C Goldson, Florida International University

Abstract

This research examined the relative influence of a number of factors, patriarchal ideology, age, socio-economic status, partner relationship, and problem behaviors on the frequency of partner abuse. Patriarchal ideology as measured by the Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS), and the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating (IBWB) among men in batterer treatment programs did not have the strong influence expected on whether men in treatment are more frequent abusers of their partners. Instead, having a criminal record and having been identified as having a substance abuse problem stood out as being the most influential factors associated with frequent partner abuse. Questionnaires were administered to 283 men in batterer treatment programs in Dade County Florida who volunteered to participate in the study. Specifically, men in batterer groups who scored low on the AWS or high on the IBWB indicating an adherence to patriarchal ideology were predicted to report more frequent abuse of their partners. Conversely, men in treatment who scored high on the AWS or low on the IBWB indicating a tendency towards a non-patriarchal ideology were predicted to report less frequent abuse. ^

Subject Area

Social Work

Recommended Citation

Anthony C Goldson, "Patriarchal ideology and frequency of partner abuse among men in batterer treatment groups" (January 1, 2005). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3190948.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3190948

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