Empathic deficits among male batterers: A multidimensional approach

Christmas N. Covell, Matthew T. Huss, Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling

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Although recent literature has focused considerable attention on the link between empathic deficits and violence in studies of childhood aggression and sexual assault, relatively few studies have directly examined the relationship of empathic deficits to domestic violence. This study examined a multimodal construct of empathy as proposed by M. H. Davis (1980) and it's relationship to frequency of various types of intimate partner violence in a sample of domestically violent male perpetrators (n = 104). Preliminary results suggest that multiplicative patterns of empathic ability correspond to different types of violence. Moreover, patterns of empathic ability were more useful in predicting various expressions of intimate partner violence than were the empathic factors when considered individually.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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