Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Leah Daigle

Second Advisor

Dr. William Sabol

Third Advisor

Dr. Frances Chen


Coercive control victimization, a type of intimate partner violence involving Manipulation and subjugation through maladaptive relationship tactics, has begun to garner research attention. In part, research has identified that history of violence, sexual assault, and previous abuse are risk factors for coercive control victimization. What has been less explored is whether personality traits, such as impulsivity and aggression, are linked to victimization. To investigate this possibility, data were obtained from the Biopsychological Correlates of College Victimization Study, a survey of 1,211 U.S. college students attending one university in the Southeast. Students were asked about their coercive control experiences and given assessments to measure dimensions of impulsivity, aggression, and other risk factors. The findings in this study indicate that there is a relationship between coercive control victimization, aggression, and impulsivity. A discussion of implications for policy and prevention is included.

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