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The relationship between trial data in judicial sentences and self-reported aggression in men convicted of violence against women

Pedro José Horcajo Gil1, José Luis Graña Gómez1, and Natalia Redondo Rodríguez2

1 Universidad Complutense de Madrid and
2 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Background: The Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2) is widely used to assess intimate partner violence (IPV). Given the limitations preventing the collection of dyadic data, it is necessary to examine the relationship between the offender’s own self-reporting and the facts established in trial proceedings. This study assesses the relationship between aggression data self-reported by participants via CTS-2 and the data contained in convictions for partner abuse. Method: Two groups of men convicted of abuse against their female intimate partners or ex-partners (1,998 imprisoned offenders and 804 court-referred offenders), and 590 men from the community (general population) participated. The relationship was analyzed between the scores for self-reported CTS-2 items and violent behaviors described by proven facts. An ANCOVA with post-hoc comparisons (Bonferroni) was performed to assess the differences in CTS-2 scores between the three groups. Results: In the two groups of convicted participants, a significant relationship was found between CTS-2 items and the proven facts. Meanwhile, significant differences were found between the three groups in three CTS-2 subscales. Conclusions: The CTS-2 self-reported perpetrated aggression data provided by the convicted participants are related to the factual basis for convictions, and such data are therefore usable in forensic and psychological intervention contexts.

Relación entre hechos probados en sentencias judiciales y agresión autoinformada  en hombres condenados por violencia de género. Antecedentes: la Escala Táctica de Conflictos Revisada (CTS-2) es ampliamente utilizada para evaluar la violencia contra la pareja (VCP); dadas las limitaciones para obtener datos diádicos, es necesario examinar la relación entre el autoinforme de los maltratadores y las sentencias judiciales. Se evaluó la relación entre la agresión autoinformada mediante la CTS-2 y las condenas por maltrato de pareja. Método: participaron dos grupos de hombres condenados por maltrato contra su pareja o ex pareja femenina (1.998 internos en prisión y 804 derivados de la Justicia), y 590 hombres comunitarios (población general). Se analizó la relación entre las puntuaciones en los ítems de la CTS-2 y las conductas objetivadas por los hechos probados en las sentencias. Se realizó un ANCOVA con comparaciones post-hoc (Bonferroni) para evaluar las diferencias en la CTS-2 entre los tres grupos. Resultados: en los dos grupos de participantes condenados se encontró relación significativa entre algunos ítems de la CTS-2 y los hechos probados. Se encontraron diferencias significativas entre los tres grupos en tres subescalas de la CTS-2. Conclusiones: los datos de agresión autoinformada mediante la CTS-2 por los participantes condenados guardan relación con los hechos probados, y pueden ser útiles en contextos forenses y de intervención psicológica.


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