Premilitary Intimate Partner Conflict Resolution in a U.S. Navy Basic Trainee Sample,
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A comparison of premilitary intimate partner violence IPV rates with comparison groups is needed to determine whether IPV among military personnel is influenced by the military environment. Base-rate data are required to clarify the need for and the scope and specificity of intervention programs. Two versions, IV and RV, of the Conflict Tactics Scales CTS were administered to 1,891 female and 1,885 male basic trainees. The rates of IP physical violence for trainees were at the upper end of the range of rates for college students. More female 46.9, than male 31.9, trainees reported at least one instance of IP. In addition to a higher absolute frequency of physical violence, women, relative to men, reported significantly higher physical violence scores, which indicated that the women used physical violence at a higher rate than the men but more women 24.9, than men 9.0, reported being physically injured by an IP, supporting the view that the consequences of IP physical violence are more serious for women. The relatively high levels of IPV found among trainees supports the hypothesis that Navy personnel enter the Navy with histories of IPV that place them at risk of involvement in IPV during their careers.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations