Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 299–305

Family violence: Its relation to marital and parental satisfaction and family strengths


  • William H. Meredith
    • University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Douglas A. Abbott
    • University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Scot L. Adams
    • United Catholic Social Services

DOI: 10.1007/BF00978274

Cite this article as:
Meredith, W.H., Abbott, D.A. & Adams, S.L. J Fam Viol (1986) 1: 299. doi:10.1007/BF00978274


Previous research has shown the negative effects of violence on individual family members. However, a review of the literature reveals few studies that document the adverse effects of violence on family relationships. To assess these effects, 304 married parents anonymously completed a survey that included the following scales: conflict tactics, family strengths, marital satisfaction, and parent satisfaction. Results indicated significant decreases in perceived family strengths, marital satisfaction, and parent satisfaction as the use of physical violence among family members increased. These findings provide empirical support for the assumption that violence has a negative impact not only on individuals within a family but also on family relationships.

Key words

family violencefamily relationshipsmarital satisfactionparental satisfaction

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986