Date of Award

Fall 12-31-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Forensic Psychology



First Advisor

Chitra Raghavan

Second Reader

Angela Crossman

Third Advisor

Kendra Doychak


Coercive control and physical abuse are two prominent forms of intimate partner violence (IPV), often accompanied by with impression management to conceal such behavior. However, intrinsic motives for engaging in impression management by male IPV offenders are not well-known. The present study makes use of archival data from 85 heterosexual men in a batterer treatment program to gauge how pride, shame, and guilt may relate to impression management and reported IPV. Admission to shame and guilt appear to be correlated with and predictive of both forms of reported abuse, along with the absence of impression management. This implies that internalized shame and guilt motivate abusers to report IPV in their relationships. Secondary findings included a positive correlation between higher education and reported coercive control, and lower age or African-American ethnicity positively correlating with reported physical abuse. Implications of these findings are explored.

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