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Why and What of Intimate Conflict: Effect of the Partners' Divergent Perceptions on Verbal Aggression

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 21 Issue: 7 Dated: October 2006 Pages: 461-468
Zeev Winstok
Date Published
October 2006
8 pages
This study sought to explore the effect on expressions of verbal aggression of intimate partners’ divergent perceptions of what the conflict was about and why it was fought over, along with the effect of the period of cohabitation.
Results of the study showed that there was a link between the couple’s divergent perceptions of the motive and the subject of the conflict, and that these disagreements increased the partners’ aggression toward each other. The perception of conflict motive had a stronger effect on expressions of aggression than the perception conflict subject. This is while the length of the couple’s period of cohabitation had a moderating effect on the divergent perceptions of conflict subject and on aggression between the partners. Based on data from the First Israeli National Survey of Family Violence and Children at Risk (2000-2001), this study explored the effect of intimate partners’ divergent perceptions of the motive and subject of conflicts and the period of cohabitation on expressions of verbal aggression among Israeli couples in the general population. The study focused on the couple as a unit rather than on the individuals. Tables, figure, references