NEGATIVE MOOD REGULATION AS A MODERATOR OF THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN SYMPTOMS OF PTSD AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

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2021-05

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Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly emotion dysregulation, have been associated with both perpetration and victimization of partner violence. The present study explored the relations between symptoms of PTSD, negative mood regulation and physical violence victimization in the dyadic context using a moderated actor partner interdependence model (APIMoM). Both actor and partner main effects of PTSD on IPV victimization in men and women were significant. However, men’s negative mood regulation was not a significant moderator of the model. Men’s symptoms of PTSD were significantly correlated with their negative mood regulation. PTSD symptoms of men and women and error within the outcome variables were significantly correlated with one another. These results are consistent with previous literature and provide additional evidence for the importance of dyadic analyses in IPV research. The current findings suggest men’s and women’s symptoms of PTSD should be considered when providing treatment to violent couples.

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Intimate partner violence, PTSD, emotion regulation

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