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Ethnic Differences in the Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence


The proposed study aimed to identify ethnic differences in how witnessing parental violence, masculine gender role strain (MGRS), and anger disposition are associated with the perpetration of male-to-female intimate partner violence (IPV). A conditional process model to account for the intergenerational transmission of IPV through MGRS (mediator) is tested. A multicultural convenience sample of 225 Asian American, Latino American, and White men from a diverse university in southern California completed the online “Men’s Experiences Survey.” Results indicated that witnessing parental violence was a significant predictor of IPV in Asian men, but not among those of other ethnicities. Anger disposition was a significant predictor of IPV for Latino men, but not others when adjusting for covariates. No significant predictors emerged for the White sample. Anger disposition emerged as a significant moderator for the conditional process model of the intergenerational transmission of IPV, but no support was found for mediation in the model. Implications of the study’s findings, limitations related to measured levels of IPV in this sample, and future directions for similar lines of research are discussed.

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