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Title: Agreement on Reports of Intimate Partner Violence Among White, Black, and Hispanic Couples in the United States
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:17  Issue:12  Dated:December 2002  Pages:1308-1322
Author(s): Raul Caetano; John Schafer; Craig Field; Scott M. Nelson
Date Published: December 2002
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R37-AA10908;AA05595
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined ethnic group differences in agreement on reports of male to female partner violence (MFPV) and female to male partner violence (FMPV) and predictors of agreement among intimate partners.
Abstract: Most previous research on intimate partner violence (IPV) has relied on self-report data to establish prevalence rates, yet it is well understood that underreporting of violence is a widespread problem. As such, little evidence is available to ascertain whether agreement on IPV reports among couples varies by ethnicity. Given that estimates of IPV rates in previous studies have varied by ethnicity, it is important to examine agreement on reports of violence and predictors of agreement among White, Black, and Hispanic couples. Participants were 1,635 couples selected through probability sampling; participants were each interviewed in separate face-to-face interviews in their homes regarding violent behaviors, alcohol consumption, and demographic characteristics. Results of logistic regression analyses indicated that agreement about IPV among couples was low, independent of ethnicity. Women were more likely to identify themselves as perpetrators than were men and Hispanic ethnicity was more often associated with lower levels of agreement on IVP variables. The findings have implications for how incidents of IPV are counted in that agreement between partners should not be a criterion for IPV reports. Future research should probe respondents’ reactions to questions about IPV. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Abusing spouses; Spouse abuse detection
Index Term(s): Ethnic groups; Filial violence; Self-report studies
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