Violent couples: Coping and communication skills

Academic Article


  • Twelve married couples court-ordered to attend a violence reduction treatment program completed self-report measures of anger, social problem-solving skills, and strategies employed for dealing with high-conflict situations. They were subsequently videotaped while discussing 3 different scenarios. Three raters independently coded the videotapes for the use of effective and ineffective communication strategies used by the participants. Aggregate reliability estimates were acceptable. No gender-based differences were found on the self-report measures or the communication skill ratings. When couples discussed low-conflict situations use of effective skills exceeded use of ineffective skills, and when couples discussed high-conflict problems use of ineffective skills exceeded use of effective skills. Implications for treatment of spousal assault are presented.
  • Authors

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Ronan GF; Dreer LE; Dollard KM; Ronan DW
  • Start Page

  • 131
  • End Page

  • 137
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2