Accession Number:

ADA370104

Title:

Predictors of Premilitary Courtship Violence in a Navy Recruit Sample

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. 15 Jan-30 Jun 99

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1999-08-05

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

This study extended research on intimate partner IP aggression to premilitary experiences of IP violence among U.S. Navy recruits. Riggs and OLearys 1989 model of courtship aggression was examined separately for men N 1,307 and women N 1,477. Partner verbal, physical, and sexual aggression and alcohol use were used as additional predictors of courtship aggression. Situational components explained more variance in the data than the background components. Partner aggression contributed to a substantial increase in the amount of variance. We found that partners verbal aggression was the single best predictor of aggression, and partners physical aggression was the second best predictor. The situational component substantially increased the predictive power of the model and background variables made a small but significant contribution. The results support the validity of the Riggs and OLeary model. The results support the conclusion that IP violence prevention programs should contain material that will allow men and women to learn that violence begets violence. An P may initiate behaviors that shehe perceives to be trivial however, these behaviors can trigger an escalated response from their partner that may result in negative short and long-term medical and psychological consequences for both partners.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE