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Title: Marriage License as a Hitting License: A Comparison of Assaults in Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Couples
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(1989)  Pages:161-180
Author(s): J E Stets; M A Straus
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Grant Number: T32MH15161; R01MH40027
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the rate of physical assault between partners in dating, cohabiting, and married couples.
Abstract: Data were obtained from 526 dating couples at a large midwestern university and from a national probability sample of 237 cohabiting and 5,005 married couples. Cohabiting couples had a higher rate of assault than dating or married couples, even after controls for age, education, and occupational status were introduced. Violence in cohabiting couples was also more severe than in dating or married couples. Factors that may account for more frequent violence in cohabiting relationships include social isolation, autonomy and control, and investment in the relationship. 57 references, 3 tables, 5 figures. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Domestic relations; Marital problems
Note: Paper presented at the 1988 meeting of the American Sociological Association
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