How Childhood Maltreatment Profiles of Male Victims Predict Adult Perpetration and Psychosocial Functioning

Kelly Cue Davis, N. Tatiana Masters, Erin Casey, Kelly F. Kajumulo, Jeanette Norris, William H. George

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Abstract

This study used latent class analysis to empirically identify subgroups of men based on their exposure to childhood maltreatment (i.e., emotional neglect and abuse, physical neglect and abuse, and sexual abuse). It then examined subgroups’ differential perpetration of adult intimate partner violence (IPV; both psychological and physical), violence against peers, and sexual assault. Finally, we compared sociodemographic variables and psychosocial functioning across profiles to characterize the adult experiences of men in different maltreatment groups. The community sample consisted of 626 heterosexually active 21- to 30-year-old men. We identified four subgroups: Low Maltreatment (80% of the sample), Emotional and Physical Maltreatment (12%), Emotional and Sexual Maltreatment (4%), and Poly-Victimized (4%). The Low Maltreatment group had significantly lower IPV perpetration rates than the Emotional and Physical Maltreatment group, but groups did not significantly differ on peer violence or sexual assault perpetration rates. Overall, Poly-Victimized men were significantly worse off than the Low Maltreatment group regarding income, education level, and incarceration history. Their rates of recent anxiety and depression symptoms were also higher than those of Low Maltreatment men. Findings support the use of person-oriented techniques for deriving patterns of childhood maltreatment and how these patterns relate to psychological, behavioral, and social factors in adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)915-937
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • childhood maltreatment
  • intimate partner violence
  • person-oriented methods
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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