Intimate partner physical abuse perpetration and victimization risk factors: A meta-analytic review

Sandra M. Stith, Douglas B. Smith, Carrie E. Penn, David B. Ward, Dari Tritt

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Abstract

Evidence from 85 studies was examined to identify risk factors most strongly related to intimate partner physical abuse perpetration and victimization. The studies produced 308 distinct effect sizes. These effect sizes were then used to calculate composite effect sizes for 16 perpetration and 9 victimization risk factors. Large effect sizes were found between perpetration of physical abuse and five risk factors (emotional abuse, forced sex, illicit drug use, attitudes condoning marital violence, and marital satisfaction). Moderate effect sizes were calculated between perpetration of physical abuse and six risk factors (traditional sex-role ideology, anger/hostility, history of partner abuse, alcohol use, depression, and career/life stress). A large effect size was calculated between physical violence victimization and the victim using violence toward her partner. Moderate effect sizes were calculated between female physical violence victimization and depression and fear of future abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-98
Number of pages34
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • Meta-analysis
  • Partner violence
  • Risk factors
  • Spouse abuse

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