ERIC Number: ED245126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Predictors of Abused Wives Own Level of Violence.
Brown, Joanne; Wampold, Bruce E.
Spouse abuse has emerged as an extensive social issue. Although many studies have examined characteristics of abused wives, there has been a dearth of literature examining the relationship between victim and perpetrator levels of aggression. The purpose of this study was to explore those variables that are related to female victims' own level of aggression toward spouses. Demographic variables, personality variables, and wives' ratings of husbands' level of aggression were used to predict wives' rates of agression. A demographic questionnaire, five scales of the 16PF, and the Conflict Tactics Scale were administered to 108 battered women. The results indicated that the sample and their spouses engaged in more acts of verbal and physical aggression than does the normal population. The sample also scored deviantly on all five personality variables. Wives' age and husbands' level of reasoning and verbal aggression predicted wives' level of verbal aggression. Husbands' level of physical aggression was the best predictor of wives' level of physical aggression. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).