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Courtship Violence: The Patterns of Conflict Resolution Strategies Across Seven Levels of Emotional Commitment

NCJ Number
Family Relations Volume: 36 Issue: 3 Dated: (July 1987) Pages: 283-289
R E Billingham
Date Published
7 pages
Five hundred thirty-five subjects (174 males and 361 females) completed a questionnaire which used Straus' (1979) Conflict Tactics Scale subscores in an attempt to determine the impact that gender, level of emotional commitment, and interactive status had on the three subscores.
Only status yielded significant differences on all three subscores. Gender and level of commitment yielded significant differences only for the reasoning and verbal aggression subscores. The results strongly suggest that violence in relationships occurs much earlier in the development of emotional commitment than has been suggested earlier. In addition, these results suggest that for some couples violence may serve as a catalyst for moving the relationship to more committed levels of involvement. Finally, these data suggest that intervention/prevention programs must be sensitive to the different roles that violence may serve in a relationship. (Author abstract)


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