Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 21–47

A Social Learning Theory Model of Marital Violence

  • Sharon Wofford Mihalic
  • Delbert Elliott

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021941816102

Cite this article as:
Mihalic, S.W. & Elliott, D. Journal of Family Violence (1997) 12: 21. doi:10.1023/A:1021941816102


A social learning theory model of minor and severe marital violence offending and victimization among males and females was tested. Results support social learning as an important perspective in marital violence. However, males and females are impacted differently by their experiences with violence in childhood and adolescence. Prior experiences with violence have a more dramatic impact in the lives of females than males, both during adolescence and adulthood.

marital violencesocial learning

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon Wofford Mihalic
    • 1
  • Delbert Elliott
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Behavioral ScienceUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulder