Category: Couples / Close Relationships


Symposium 100 - Intimate Partner Violence Across Diverse Contexts: Basic and Translational Research

Saturday, November 18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Couples / Close Relationships | Intimate Partner Aggression | Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations
Presentation Type: Symposium

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) harms the health and well-being of more than 10 million Americans every year (Black et al., 2011). Accordingly, prevention and reduction of couples’ hostile acts are high priorities for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers alike. Emerging interventions and recent advances in basic research are raising new questions about how these effects can be observed across diverse groups of individuals, couples, and families. Specifically, even though minority couples (i.e., couples from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds) are disproportionately affected by partner aggression (e.g., Miller-Graff, & Graham-Bermann, 2016), most interventions have been developed using White, middle class samples (Johnson, 2012), leaving open questions about the utility of such interventions for high-risk populations. The purpose of this symposium thus is to highlight basic and applied research focused on the assessment, correlates, and mechanisms of IPV across couples from diverse contexts. We will start out the symposium with a brief introduction and overview by Chair Arthur Cantos. Then, across five presentations, we will illuminate novel targets of change that show particular promise in directing IPV treatments across couples from diverse contexts. First, using a sample of 212 ethnically diverse community couples, Alexandra Snead will discuss the clinical utility of a new IPV assessment tool, a modified version of the CTS2 (Straus et al., 1996) which assesses self-defense, in triaging people arrested for IPV into different types of treatments. Second, Daniel Goldstein will present on relationships between experiential avoidance and IPV perpetration among 90 men, recruited across four batterer intervention programs in Illinois, who were court-mandated to attend treatment. Third, using a high-risk sample of heavy drinking aggressive couples, Christopher Eckhardt will discuss alcohol intoxication as a predictor of IPV and alcohol’s impact on attentional deployment during relationship conflict. Fourth, Julia Hammett will present data from a longitudinal study of 431 Hispanic, Black, and White low income newlywed couples examining effects of naturally observed within-couple changes in aggression on individual and relational outcomes such as relationship functioning and stress. Fifth, Amie Zarling will present a process evaluation of a novel ACT-based batterers intervention program with men recruited across four counties in Iowa. Lastly, Discussant Daniel O’Leary will expand on how these new areas of clinical focus will inform existing and novel intervention strategies for couples and individuals from diverse contexts.

Learning Objectives:

Arthur L. Cantos

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


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    K. Daniel O'Leary

    Distinguished Professor
    Stony Brook University


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      Alexandra L. Snead

      Doctoral Student
      University of Houston


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      Daniel A. Goldstein

      Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


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      Christopher I. Eckhardt

      Purdue University


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      Julia F. Hammett



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      Amie Zarling

      Assistant Professor
      Iowa State University


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