Precipitants of partner aggression

Susan G. O'Leary, Amy M Smith Slep

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Self-reported precipitants of psychological and physical partner aggression were examined in a community sample of 453 cohabiting couples with 3- to 7-year-old children. Partners precipitated most partner aggression. Men, but not maritally discordant men, were more likely than women to cite physical partner aggression as the precipitant of their own aggression. Women, including maritally discordant women, were more likely to endorse partner verbal than partner physical aggression as a precipitant for their own mild physical aggression, which is consistent with women's aggression escalation. Nonaggressive partner precipitants were common and deserve future research attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-347
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Escalation
  • Partner aggression
  • Precipitants
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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