Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–13

A risk marker analysis of assaulted wives

  • Gerald T. Hotaling
  • David B. Sugarman

DOI: 10.1007/BF00979135

Cite this article as:
Hotaling, G.T. & Sugarman, D.B. J Fam Viol (1990) 5: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00979135


In the wife assault literature, a number of risk markers have been identified. Using the data of the female respondents to the National Family Violence Survey (n = 699), a multivariate analysis was performed to examine which risk factors best differentiated between women involved in nonviolent relationships, verbally aggressive relationships, relationships exhibiting minor physical aggression and severely violent relationships. High levels of marital conflict and lower socioeconomic status emerged as the primary predictors of an increased likelihood of wife assault. Research implications are discussed.

Key words

wife assault risk markers multivariate analysis 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald T. Hotaling
    • 1
  • David B. Sugarman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice University of LowellLowell
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyRhode Island CollegeProvidence

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