Physical, Psychological, and Sexual Intimate Partner Aggression Among Newlywed Couples: Longitudinal Prediction of Marital Satisfaction

Journal of Family Violence (Impact Factor: 1.17). 10/2010; 25(7):689-699. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-010-9328-2


This study examined associations between physical, psychological, and sexual intimate partner aggression (IPA) perpetration
during the first year of marriage (T1) and victim marital satisfaction one (T2) and two (T3) years later among a sample of
202 newlywed couples. Prevalence rates of all forms of IPA were consistent with those documented in prior research. Higher
levels of all types of IPA generally were associated with lower victim marital satisfaction at all time points, when controlling
for initial levels of satisfaction. Couples who reported severe bidirectional psychological IPA demonstrated lower husband
and wife marital satisfaction at T2 and lower husband satisfaction at T3 than couples who reported husband-only, wife-only,
or no psychological IPA. Analyses examining the relative predictive abilities of all forms of IPA perpetration showed that
psychological IPA was the most consistent unique contributor of victim marital satisfaction. Study findings highlight the
importance of psychological IPA, in addition to physical IPA, in examinations of correlates of marital satisfaction.

KeywordsPartner abuse-Marital satisfaction-Physical aggression-Psychological aggression-Sexual aggression

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    • "One likely mediator is relationship satisfaction, because of well-established associations between psychological aggression and relationship satisfaction. Longitudinal studies have indicated that psychological aggression predicts subsequent lower relationship satisfaction (Panuzio & DiLillo, 2010; Rogge & Bradbury, 1999). Psychological aggression and relationship dissatisfaction appear to have bidirectional effects on one another (Yoon & Lawrence, 2013). "
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    ABSTRACT: Physically and psychologically aggressive behaviors between members of a couple often lead to relationship dissatisfaction and dissolution. The current study utilized data from 346 clinical couples to investigate associations between psychological and moderate physical aggression and relationship dissolution, and whether relationship satisfaction acts as a mediator of these associations. Results from two series of Actor-Partner Interdependence Models (APIMs) were considered in which cases of severe aggression were initially removed from the analytic sample and then were included for secondary analyses. The first series of models showed that dyadic physical aggression was a weak predictor of the male partner's steps taken to leave the relationship and was not associated with the female's steps. Dyadic psychological aggression, however, was related to steps taken toward leaving by both partners, accounting for approximately 14% of the variance. Relationship satisfaction mediated associations between physical and psychological partner aggression and steps taken to leave. Findings from the second series of models, including cases of severe aggression, showed a significant association between dyadic physical aggression and the female's steps toward leaving. Moreover, relationship satisfaction no longer fully mediated associations between psychological or physical aggression and relationship dissolution risk. The importance of considering severity of physical partner aggression in research and clinical practice is discussed. © The Author(s) 2015.
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    • "Research in this area has been developed mainly with the Conflict Tactics Scale ( CTS ; personal well - being . In community samples , relationship satisfaction has been inversely associated with psychological aggression ( Panuzio & DiLillo , 2010 ; Schumacher & Leonard , 2005 ; Testa & Leonard , 2001 ). Several stud - ies suggest that psychological aggression correlates with relationship length and general satisfaction with the relationship ( Hammock & O ' Hearn , 2002 ; Stets , 1990 ) and several studies show that young couples are more aggressive during the early stages of marriage or cohabitation , but on average , these couples consider their relationships as satisfactory , an aspect that is compat - ible with the fact that psychological aggression is often bidirectional ( Cuenca , Graña , & Martínez - Arias , 2014 ; Follingstad & Edmundson , 2010 ; Lorber & O ' Leary , 2012 ; Panuzio & DiLillo , 2010 ) . "
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    • "As was the case in two previous studies on sexual coercion , in newlyweds ( Panuzio & DiLillo , 2010 ) and in a marital clinic sample ( Meyer et al . , 1998 ) , the sexual coercion found in this randomly recruited sample was almost solely psychological coercion . "
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