Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 211–222 | Cite as

Early Exposure to Violence in the Family of Origin and Positive Attitudes towards Marital Violence: Chinese Immigrant Male Batterers vs. Controls

Original Article


This study examined self-reported early exposure to violence in the family of origin and positive attitudes towards marital violence as risk factors in court-referred Chinese immigrant male batterers (N = 64) versus controls (N = 62). Early exposure to violence was positively correlated with marital violence, but it alone did not differentiate the batterers from the controls, as both groups were widely exposed to it. While it was significantly correlated with marital violence in the batterer group, it was significantly correlated with depression in the control group. Positive attitudes towards marital violence were not only correlated with marital violence but also sufficient to differentiate the batterers from the controls. It also partially mediated the effect of early exposure to violence on marital violence. These two risk factors together accounted for 21.9% of the variance in marital violence over and above sociodemographic variables and marital dissatisfaction. Research and treatment implications based on these findings were outlined.


Male batterer Early experience Attitudes Chinese immigrants 



This research was supported by Grant DA15236 from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health to Xiaochun Jin. The early phase of this study was supported by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Promotion to Xiaochun Jin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The New School for Social ResearchNew School UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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