Parent and partner violence in families with young children: Rates, patterns, and connections

Amy M.Smith Slep, Susan G. O'Leary

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In this study, the authors assessed men's and women's partner and parent physical aggression among 453 representatively sampled families with young children. The prevalences of partner aggression and of severe parent aggression were higher than previously reported. Substantial rates of co-occurrence were found. Risk ratios and regression analyses indicated that connections between (a) husbands' and wives' partner aggression and (b) mothers' and fathers' parent aggression were especially strong. Patterns of co-occurrence pointed to the probable relative importance of family-level, in comparison with individual, predictors of aggression. Patterns of co-occurring violence are described in light of the theoretical literature. Implications for studying family violence in community samples are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-444
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Child abuse
  • Co-occurrence
  • Family violence
  • Partner violence
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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