Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 299-305

First online:

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

  • William H. MeredithAffiliated withUniversity of Nebraska-Omaha
  • , Douglas A. AbbottAffiliated withUniversity of Nebraska-Omaha
  • , Scot L. AdamsAffiliated withUnited Catholic Social Services

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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 violence family relationships marital satisfaction parental satisfaction