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Abusive men--Iowa--Psychology; Abusive men--Psychology; Iowa;


The information obtained from this study will give an indication as to whether the abusers in this area share common characteristics of the abuser. By identifying these characteristics, it may be possible to target individuals prone to practice abusive behavior, and possibly interrupt the cycle by intervening with education and prevention strategies to combat the problem.

The purpose of this study was to ascertain selected characteristics of males convicted of domestic abuse in the Black Hawk County's Batterers' Education Program. The study was to identify selected characteristics of participants court-ordered to attend the Batterers' Education Program. The study investigated demographical and background information. Fifty-two male participants were surveyed. The results of the study indicated several common characteristics. These included approximately 52 of the participants were between the ages of 30-49. Approximately 44% were African American. Approximately 42% of the couples were cohabiting rather than married. Regarding income levels, 48% reported an income level of $10,000 or below. Approximately 58% reported they were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the abuse, one of the most common characteristics. Another common character is the level of stress. Approximately 46% of the participants reported being under unusual stress. Approximately 21% of the participants had experienced violence in the home as a child. There exists a need for education about how to handle stress and appropriate responses to daily situations in order to assist the abuser in day to day experiences.

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Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Susan S. Koch

Second Advisor

Sue Joslyn

Third Advisor

Jerome Kotecki


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