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Cognitive Reframing of Intimate Partner Aggression: Social and Contextual Influences

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Psychology Department, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA 50588, USA
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Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2464; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112464
Received: 5 October 2018 / Revised: 31 October 2018 / Accepted: 2 November 2018 / Published: 5 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Violence)
Intimate partner aggression violates U.S. culturally-accepted standards regarding how partners should treat each other. Victims must reconcile the dissonance associated with being in what should be a loving and supportive relationship, while being in the same relationship that is personally and deeply harmful. To manage these clashing cognitions, victims consciously and unconsciously adopt perceptions to reframe their partner’s aggression, minimizing and reinterpreting the occurrence or impact of aggressive acts, and justifying remaining in their relationship. The paper examines the multiple and nested influences that shape such perceptions, including individual, partner, relationship, and cultural factors. Each type of influence is discussed by reviewing previous research and including accounts from women who had experienced aggression. Greater awareness of such perceptions may afford greater control in changing harmful relationship patterns. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner aggression; perceptions of IPA or IPV; coping with IPA or IPV intimate partner aggression; perceptions of IPA or IPV; coping with IPA or IPV
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Goodfriend, W.; Arriaga, X.B. Cognitive Reframing of Intimate Partner Aggression: Social and Contextual Influences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2464.

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