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Citation

Eriksson L, Mazerolle P. Aggress. Violent Behav. 2013; 18(5): 462-470.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.avb.2013.07.002

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Men and women who kill an intimate partner experience qualitatively different situations and emotions in the months and weeks preceding the homicide event. Theoretical explanations of intimate partner homicide are either gender-specific or gender-neutral, and, as such, fail to take these gender differences into account. This article extends current theory by presenting a general strain theory of intimate partner homicide. General strain theory suggests that men and women who kill an intimate partner experience different types of strain and emotions, and that homicide occurs in response to these experiences. This application not only affords gender-sensitivity, but also incorporates negative emotions (often neglected by other theory-building), explains coping mechanisms, and combines proximal and distal etiological factors.

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