Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adverse Childhood Experience in Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
by Weisz-Lipton, Lisa, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020, 99; 27955539
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of this study is designed to explore psychological history, specifically regarding adverse childhood experience in perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) based on the archival data collected. Having had an adverse childhood experience may be considered a risk factor for perpetrating intimate partner violence (IPV), thus further research may be indicated in treatment models for this population. This study proposes a methodical review of the archival data and analysis of the association between having adverse childhood experiences, depression and anxiety levels, and the perpetration of IPV. With a current collection of programs, the IPV recidivism was reduced by only 33%. Among the findings of this study we found statistically significant findings that indicate those participants in the Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) that our archival data was obtained through showed more adverse experiences than the general population normative group. When looking at the data and understanding that if nothing else regarding perpetrators of battery and the current models used in BIP’s, we understand that it is not working to curb recidivism.The underlying issues of persons with adverse childhood experiences, which this study shows to be significantly higher than the normative group, may be the key to addressing the problem of the mandated population and rate of recidivism. As a result of adverse childhood experiences, deep-rooted ego based emotional patterns are the topic that if looked at from a clinical perspective should be focused on.

From the current societal point of view an empathetic therapy model is judged as alignment or excusing of the batterer. Understanding the root of the problem in order to actual curb the initial neuro transmission based on the formation of neuropathways from early adverse experience could possibly be the key and or a step in the right direction in effective treatment. The maladaptive response pattern that occurs unconsciously in the amygdala when a person is triggered and hence reactive is not changed using the current “intervention” model, with outcomes having high rates of recidivism. Perhaps further investigation, integrating a psychodynamic approach with this population, building trust and rapport and allowing for a secure container for an emotional response and introspection in their life journey could be explored.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sterling, Sean
Commitee: Corso, Andrew
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Developmental psychology, Social psychology
Keywords: Adverse childhood experience, Perpetrators of intimate partner violence
Publication Number: 27955539
ISBN: 9798645496296
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