Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Primary Subject Area
Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, Experimental
anger, domestic violence offenders, empathy, romantic styles of attachment
This study utilized a prospective design to examine the impact of empathy and attachment beliefs on various dimensions of anger. More specifically, the study explored whether pre-treatment empathy scores in domestic violence offenders were the best predictor of post-treatment anger. The subjects (n=24) were male (14) and female (10) court referred domestic violence offenders. Correlation coefficients were calculated for attachment styles from pretreatment to post treatment to determine if the treatment response scores in anxiety were negatively correlated with anger turned inward. A series of hierarchical multiple regressions were used to examine whether pretreatment empathy accounted for any significant unique variance in post treatment anger in. This data suggested the concept of empathy is more about a lack of self-awareness and less about self-deception.