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Levels of Differentiation and Marital Egalitarianism in Men Who Batter.

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Schubert, Elizabeth Ellis.
Protinsky, Howard O.
Viers, Dawn.
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This study examined male-to-female partner violence using the concepts of Bowen's theory of differentiation and Feminist theory. Participants in this study included 133 men from various men's groups. The findings support the hypothesis that lower levels of self-control, less marital egalitarianism and higher levels of partner fusion are associated with an increased use of violent conflict tactics. Further regression analyses were conducted in which anger management groups were compared to all other participants. A low level of marital egalitarianism emerged as a significant predictor of violence for the Anger Group, but not for the Comparison Group. (Author abstract)

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