What is it about?
Poor communication skills and chronic social and economic disadvantage increase couples’ risk for having psychological aggression escalate into physical forms. The effects of poor communication and socioeconomic disadvantage act independently of one another and heighten risk for physical aggression whether couples are satisfied with their relationships or not.
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Why is it important?
Psychological aggression is common among intimate partners, yet only some of these psychologically aggressive couples also engage in acts of physical aggression. Knowing what factors increase psychologically aggressive couples’ risk for also experiencing physical aggression is important, because it can help us modify the conditions that heighten the likelihood of physical aggression.
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This page is a summary of: When does verbal aggression in relationships covary with physical violence?, Psychology of Violence, January 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/vio0000311.
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