Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) perpetration involves many risk factors related to cognitions and emotions, such as insufficient emotion regulation. Those who inadequately regulate negative emotions have been shown to be more likely to have a history of partner violence. However, during routine activities, such as dealing with an intimate partner, emotions are regulated without effortful processing or monitoring. Because this unmonitored emotion regulation process takes place, implicit, or indirect measures of emotion regulation may be better suited to assess unconscious attitudes toward regulating negative emotions. We examined if implicit attitudes toward emotion regulation are related to the frequency of aggressive reactions and if the frequency differs based on a previous history of IPV. A history of IPV predicted some aggressive responding, but the implicit measure unexpected predicted aggression negatively. Possible explanations, clinical implications of inadequate emotion regulation, and intervention suggestions are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 22 no. 1 2016
Pendergast, Katherine A. and Eckhardt, Christopher
"Brief report: how implicit attitudes toward emotion regulation influence partner-directed aggression,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 22
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol22/iss1/2