Affect regulation and the cycle of violence against women: New directions for understanding the process

Mary E. Dankoski, Margaret K. Keiley, Volker Thomas, Pamela Choice, Sally A. Lloyd, Brenda L. Seery

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The process of the intergenerational transmission of violence is not well understood. A risk and resilience model of criminal violence against women was investigated using secondary data. The sample was composed of adolescent male juvenile delinquents who had been physically abused by their parents, and who were followed up at ages 25 and 31. A series of structural equation models were fit to investigate whether dysregulated affect mediated the effects of attachment and family chaos on the adult perpetration of violence against women. These models support the hypothesis that affect dysregulation may act as a mediator. Results raise new ideas about the mechanisms by which violence may be transmitted across generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-339
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006



  • Affect regulation
  • Attachment
  • Intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Risk and resilience theory
  • Violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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