Category: Violence / Aggression

Symposium

Symposium 1 - Role of Coercive Control in Diverse Intimate Relationships

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom B, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Intimate Partner Aggression | Couples / Close Relationships | Violence / Sexual Assault
Presentation Type: Symposium

Although intimate partner aggression has traditionally been conceptualized as being psychological, physical, and/or sexual in nature, a growing body of literature suggests that coercive control, or a pattern of demands placed on a romantic partner, threats about what will occur if the demands are not met (e.g., physical violence), and surveillance to ensure that demands have been met (Dutton & Goodman, 2005), is an important yet understudied form of intimate partner aggression. This symposium thus examines the role of coercive control in intimate relationships across four diverse samples: a community sample of adolescents, a high risk sample of adolescent and emerging adult women, a sample of couples experiencing the transition to parenthood, and a sample of emerging adult couples. Fritz and El Baba will begin by examining the relations among psychological, physical, and coercively controlling dating aggression victimization and psychological symptoms associated with anxiety/depression, posttraumatic stress, somatic complaints, and externalization in a community sample of adolescents. Ehrensaft, Knous-Westfall, Kamboukos, Huang, and Brotman will then explore whether belief systems justifying coercive controlling behaviors in dating relationships is associated with deviant partner behavior, beliefs about sexual behavior, and intimate partner violence in a high risk sample of adolescent girls at familial risk for conduct problems. Next, Woodin, Gou, and Duerksen will examine coercive control between parents as a predictor of problematic relationship, parenting, and psychological functioning during the transition to parenthood. Lastly, Jongsma and Fritz will investigate the moderating role of coercive control on the relation between pornography consumption and intimate partner aggression in a sample of emerging adult couples. This symposium will thus provide a summary of the role of coercive control in diverse intimate relationship contexts.

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Patti A. Timmons Fritz

Associate Professor
University of Windsor

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K. Daniel O'Leary

Distinguished Professor
Stony Brook University

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    Miriam K. Ehrensaft

    Associate Professor
    Duke University

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    Erica Woodin

    Associate Professor
    University of Victoria

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    Katherine Jongsma

    Graduate Student
    University of Windsor

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