Understanding IPV Perpetration Among Young Jamaican Men: The Role of Socialization and Attitudinal Factors

J Interpers Violence. 2021 Sep;36(17-18):NP9053-NP9077. doi: 10.1177/0886260519854553. Epub 2019 Jun 13.


This study examined the association among a number of demographic, socialization, and attitudinal factors, and intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration in a sample of young Jamaican men. We conducted bivariate and logistic regression analyses using data from the 2008 Reproductive Health Survey (RHS) administered by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) for the National Family Planning Board. The RHS is a nationally representative sample of Jamaican women of childbearing age and men aged 15-24 years. Findings indicated that being in a co-residential union, residing in an urban area, and having fair or poor health were significant demographic characteristics associated with IPV perpetration. Similarly, witnessing violence between parents in childhood, being physically hit after age 15 years, and having a controlling nature were significant socialization and attitudinal predictors of perpetrating recent IPV. Implications for practice, policy, and areas for further research are discussed.

Keywords: Jamaica; childhood exposure to violence; control; intimate partner violence; marijuana use; physical abuse.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence*
  • Jamaica / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Risk Factors
  • Socialization*