Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 97–114

Psychological aggression in dating relationships: The role of interpersonal control

  • Jan E. Stets

DOI: 10.1007/BF00978528

Cite this article as:
Stets, J.E. J Fam Viol (1991) 6: 97. doi:10.1007/BF00978528


This research examines the relatively unexplored area of psychological aggression in dating relationships. One causal factor of particular interest is interpersonal control, that is, the degree to which one person controls another in a relationship. Data are collected on men and women inflicting and sustaining psychological abuse in heterosexual college dating relationships. The results show that interpersonal control is an important predictor of psychological aggression.

Key words

psychological aggressiondating/courtship aggressioncontrol

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan E. Stets
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWashington State UniversityPullman