Assessment of assertion and problem-solving skills in wife abusers and their spouses
Journal of Family Violence
The present study provided an assessment of assertion and problem solving skills in couples characterized by wife abuse. A role play test and problem solving interaction task were administered to couples who were (a) physically abusive, (b) maritally discordant but nonviolent, and (c) satisfactorily married. Results indicated that members of abusive dyads exhibited deficits on selected behavioral components of assertion. However, few differences were observed between these dyads and the maritally discordant, nonviolent condition. Findings are discussed in terms of (1) the need for further evaluation of interpersonal skill variables in physically abusive males, (2) issues in selection of measures and subjects, and (3) the need to consider the possible interactive effects of multiple factors in family violence research.
Morrison, R. L.,
Van Hasselt, V. B.,
Bellack, A. S.
(1987). Assessment of assertion and
problem-solving skills in wife abusers and their spouses. Journal of Family Violence, 2, 227-238.
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