Childhood Trauma and Dissociative Intimate Partner Violence
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Type of Work31 pages
Citation of Original PublicationWebermann, Aliya R.,and Christopher R. Murphy. Childhood Trauma and Dissociative Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women, 1-10, 2018.
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Subjectsintimate partner violence
childhood abuse and neglect
The present study assesses childhood abuse/neglect as a predictor of dissociative intimate partner violence (IPV) among 118 partner-abusive men. One third (36%) endorsed dissociative IPV, most commonly losing control (18%), surroundings seeming unreal (16%), feeling someone other than oneself is aggressing (16%), and seeing oneself from a distance aggressing (10%). Childhood physical abuse/neglect predicted IPV-specific derealization/depersonalization, aggressive self-states, and flashbacks to past violence. Childhood emotional abuse/neglect predicted derealization/depersonalization, blackouts, and flashbacks. Childhood sexual abuse uniquely predicted amnesia. Other potential traumas did not predict dissociative IPV, suggesting dissociative IPV is influenced by trauma-based emotion dysregulation wherein childhood abuse/neglect survivors disconnect from their abusive behavior.