Higher tendencies of assault for romantic
partners have been reported in people with
A research was conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, involved looking at data and police reports involving 700 US civil psychiatric patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as 870 students at UBC’s campus in Kelowna, BC.
In this study, they noted that having higher levels of psychopathic personality traits is a significant predictor of how it can be expected from someone to engage in intimate partner violence. Zach Walsh, who is an associate professor of psychology and the study’s principal investigator, reported that they also found that people with psychopathic tendencies tended to get involved in drinking more alcohol. Hence it can be said that it is their personality traits more than substance use that is associated with violence. The research also found that association between psychopathic personality traits and violence was consistent across both students and psychiatric patients.
This research can be of great help to the policy makers and service providers in their efforts to both predict and reduce violence among couples.