Risk marker analysis of husband-to-wife violence: A continuum of aggression

David B. Sugarman, Etiony Aldarondo, Sue Boney-McCoy

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To evaluate whether a continuity of aggression assumption underlies husband-to-wife violence, an analysis of the 1985 National Family Violence Survey was performed to assess to degree to which highly recognized risk markers discriminate among various levels of husband-to-wife violence. Parallel analyses were conducted on men's reports of expressions of violence and women's reports of victimization. Individuals of both genders who reported more extreme forms of violence were more likely to report less extreme violence as well. In addition, several risk markers that discriminated individuals involved in husband-to-wife violence exhibited linear associations with the level of violence reported. These linear trends appeared consistent regardless of whether husbands' reports of inflicting violence or wives' reports of being victimized were examined. These results support the assumption that husband-to-wife violence lies upon a continuum of severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-337
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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