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Implicit thinking about implicit theories in intimate partner violence

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This paper reviews the literature pertaining to cognitive structures of intimate partner violence (IPV) offenders. Relevant theoretical propositions, attitudinal studies and clinical material are described, and implicit theories (ITs) which appear to be linked with IPV are identified and discussed. Ten potential ITs are identified: 'violence is normal', 'women are dangerous', 'uncontrollability', 'need for control', 'women are objects', 'entitlement/respect', 'sex drive is uncontrollable', 'real man', 'grievance/revenge', and 'nature of harm'. The similarities across ITs of IPV offenders and those hypothesised for perpetrators of other offences are identified and discussed.
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Keywords: implicit theories; intimate partner violence; offenders

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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