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Physical aggression and marital dysfunction: A longitudinal analysis.
Journal of Family Psychology (2001)
  • ERIKA LAWRENCE, University of Iowa
  • T N Bradbury

Shortly after marriage, 56 couples provided data on physical aggression and other predictors of marital adjustment. At 6-month intervals over the next 4 years, spouses reported on their marital quality and stability. Results indicated that marital dysfunction was more common among aggressive than among nonaggressive couples (70% vs. 38%) and among severely aggressive than among moderately aggressive couples (93% vs. 46%). Aggression remained a reliable predictor of marital outcomes after the authors controlled for stressful events and negative communication. These findings help to refine developmental models of marital dysfunction, which often overlook the role of aggression, and can provide information for prevention programs for marital distress, which typically do not distinguish between aggressive and nonaggressive couples. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

Publication Date
March, 2001
Citation Information
ERIKA LAWRENCE and T N Bradbury. "Physical aggression and marital dysfunction: A longitudinal analysis." Journal of Family Psychology Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2001)
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