Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Oliveros, Arazais D.

Committee Member

McKinney, Cliff

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin J.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Intimate partner violence (IPV) impacts the lives of millions of individuals. Previous studies frequently cite family-of-origin aggression as a risk factor for later experiences with IPV. The current study sought to identify factors that explain and moderate risk for dating psychological aggression (DPA) in college adults, and gender differences in those associations. Participants (464 women, 142 men) aged 18 to 37 years, who were in a current romantic relationship lasting at least 3 months, completed measures of past psychological aggression in the family-of-origin (PAF), current emotion dysregulation, and DPA perpetrated in current intimate relationships. Emotion dysregulation mediated the relationship between PAF and current DPA; however, differences among specific types of PAF and gender were noted. Results support an intergenerational transmission of family aggression and suggest that parent–child gender dyads influence this process. The findings also provide evidence that higher levels of drinking are associated with increased emotion dysregulation.