Psychological adjustment and victim-blaming among intimate partner violence offenders: the role of social support and stressful life events

 

Author(s) Lila, Marisol, Enrique Gracia and Sergio Murgui
Title Psychological adjustment and victim-blaming among intimate partner violence offenders: the role of social support and stressful life events
Source The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context,June 2013, Vol 5. No 2, pp 25-31
Document type Journal article
​Date​2013
Coverage Spain
URL http://ejpalc.elsevier.es/en/psychological-adjustment-and-victim-blaming-among/articulo/90208625/
Summary This study explores the relationship between two determinants of psychological adjustment: social support and stressful life events; two indicators of psychological adjustment: self-esteem and depression; and victim-blaming attributes among men convicted of intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW). Participants in the study were 314 men convicted of IPVAW who were court-mandated to a community based intervention program for intimate personal violence offenders (IPVO). A number of instruments were used in this study, including the Close and Intimate Companions Scale to assess the participant's perception of his social network, including his intimate partner, and the Victim-Blaming Scale which was used to evaluate the degree to which the participant put the blame for his situation on personal characteristics or behaviour of the victim. It was found that participants with high levels of perceived intimate support and perceived support from community organisations presented with higher levels of psychological adjustment. A significant relationship was found between psychological adjustment and victim-blaming. This was seen to support the view that IPVOs with lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of depression are more likely to use victim-blaming attributions and hold the victim responsible for their conviction. It is recommended that intervention strategies addressing IPVO's psychological adjustment are implemented.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; psychological adjustment; victim-blaming; social support; interventions
Topic

Domestic violence; psychological effects and treatment