Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 97-114

First online:

Psychological aggression in dating relationships: The role of interpersonal control

  • Jan E. StetsAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Washington State University

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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 aggression dating/courtship aggression control