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Clínica y Salud

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CUENCA, María Luisa  and  GRANA, José Luis. Psychopathological risk factors for partner aggression in a community sample. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.2, pp.57-63. ISSN 2174-0550.

The present study examines the predictive value of certain psychopathological variables for physical aggression, from the developmental and dyadic perspectives, in a sample of 2,032 heterosexual couples from the Madrid Region, through the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2). The results showed a higher prevalence of psychological aggression than of physical aggression, and significant differences in low level physical aggression in the case of women, 13% vs. 10%, χ2(1, N = 4.064) = 7.43, p < .001. The results confirm that symptoms of hostility, impulsive, borderline, and antisocial personality traits, alcohol consumption, and the experience of victimization have a greater impact on younger men and women (18-29 years). The implications of the results for prevention of partner violence and for couple therapy are discussed.

Keywords : Physical aggression; Dyadic data; Risk factors; Partner aggression; Victimization.

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