Risk marker analysis of the cessation and persistence of wife assault

Etiony Aldarondo, David B. Sugarman

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This study evaluated the utility of specific risk markers of wife assault in understanding the cessation and persistence of violence against women over a 3-year period. Longitudinal data were used to identify violent men who ceased the violence for 2 years and violent men who persisted in using violence. A group of nonviolent men was used for comparison. Factor analysis indicated that marital conflict, socioeconomic status (SES), and witnessing violence in the family of origin were the most powerful discriminators of these groups. Moreover, it was found that high levels of marital conflict and low SES were associated not only with the occurrence of violence but also with the continuity of wife assaults over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1019
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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