Influence of psychopathology on the perpetration of child-to-parent violence: differences as a function of sex

  • Jaime Rosado University of Málaga (Spain)
  • Eva Rico University of Málaga (Spain)
  • David Cantón-Cortés University of Málaga (Spain) http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4399-4506
Keywords: child-to-parent violence, psychopathology, sex, dysfunctional psychological symptomatology

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to analyze the role of the psychopathologic symptomatology of participants on the perpetration of child-to-parent violence (CPV), as well as to test the moderator role of the participant sex on the psychopathology.

The sample comprised 855 students from middle school, high school and vocational education (399 boys and 456 girls). Age range varies among 13-21 years old (M = 16.09; DT = 1.34), being 307 (35.9%) among 13-15, 501 (58.6%) 16-18 and 47 (5.5%) 19-21. Most of them (91%) had Spanish citizenship. Psychopathology was assessed with the Symptom Checklist 90 Revised, whereas CPV perpetration was assessed employing the Child-to-Parent Aggression Questionnaire.

Hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed that the most important psychopathologic symptoms were hostility, paranoid ideation and depression, being related higher scores on hostility and paranoid ideation, and lower on depression, with the perpetration of CPV. Interaction analyses showed a moderator role of the participant sex with the interpersonal sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive in the case of CPV to the father, and interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive-compulsive and paranoid ideation in the case of CPV to the mother.

Results confirm the idea that the existence of psychopathologic symptomatology by the minors has an effect on the probability of perpetration CPV, being this effect different depending on the sex of the perpetrator.

Author Biography

David Cantón-Cortés, University of Málaga (Spain)
Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación

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Published
31-03-2017
How to Cite
Rosado, J., Rico, E., & Cantón-Cortés, D. (2017). Influence of psychopathology on the perpetration of child-to-parent violence: differences as a function of sex. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 33(2), 243-251. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.33.2.240061
Section
Clinical and Health Psychology