Risk Factors for Men's Intimate Physical Aggression in Spain

Anita Jose, K. Daniel O'Leary, Jose Luis Graña Gomez, Heather M. Foran

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This study tests a model of physical aggression in a sample of 194 men being treated for physical or psychological aggression in the greater Madrid area of Spain. The prevalence of aggression in this sample was lower than in a US batterer sample. In the path model highlighted here, borderline personality traits and alcohol problems were identified as risk factors for physical aggression perpetration and the role of borderline traits was mediated by psychological aggression. A reciprocal relationship was found between psychological perpetration and victimization but not physical perpetration and victimization. These findings are discussed within a cross-cultural context; conceptual and treatment implications are also addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-297
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Alcohol
  • Borderline personality traits
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Physical aggression
  • Psychological aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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