I do what I want! So you see who I am: IPV perpetration, dominance and the association with self-presentation.
Self-presentation is a ubiquitous interpersonal behavior used to influence how others see the self. Such interpersonal behaviors may be used to convey a variety of images, including that of someone who is dominant. Perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) tend to seek dominance in their interpersonal relationships; therefore, they may use self-presentation as a means of expressing this dominance. We expected that IPV perpetration would be positively associated with dominance motives and that dominance motives would be significantly associated with self-presentation. Participants (N = 172) completed self-report measures on self-presentation, dominance and perpetration of IPV. Mediational analyses supported our hypotheses; dominance motives was a significant mediator of the association between IPV perpetration and self-presentation. These results have the potential to contribute to the growing body of literature dedicated to better understanding the personality of the perpetrator, as well as the dynamics between perpetrator and victim.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Øverup, C. S., Rodriguez, L. M., DiBello, A. M., & Neighbors, C. (2015, February). I do what I want! So you see who I am: IPV perpetration, dominance and the association with self-presentation. Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
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