Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Janet M. Melby
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) significantly impact social, behavioral and health problems over the lifetime. Research has found that early exposure to adverse experiences are linked to subsequent long term outcomes such as intimate partner violence (IPV). However, there is relatively limited qualitative research on the early experiences in the lives of intimate partner perpetrators. Therefore, through a life-course theoretical lens, this study aims to understand early lived experiences of IPV perpetrators. A content analysis was performed on interviews with 112 men convicted for domestic violence. From this analysis three interconnected themes emerged: (1) family history of criminality, (2) disrupted relationships with parents, and (3) youth misbehavior. Understanding the early life histories of men who have been arrested for domestic assault is crucial as it helps to recognize context potentially influencing their current situation. The results highlight the need to critically investigate the early lives of perpetrators of IPV for prevention and intervention purposes.
Maria B. Alcivar-Zuniga
Alcivar-Zuniga, Maria B., "Intimate partner violence: Early adverse experiences in male offenders" (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 15483.