Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 301–309 | Cite as

Physical violence in Utah households

  • Boyd C. Rollins
  • Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi


Using the Conflict Tactics Scale, a random sample of 1471 Utah residential units was selected in 1986 to assess family violence. Results were compared with data from the Straus and Gelles (1986) United States national survey of family violence. Spousal violence rates in Utah households were slightly higher than those in the national survey. Income, employment status, education, family size, religiosity, marital power structure, and gender role orientation failed to differentiate spousal violence rates. Parent-to-child violence rates were less in Utah than in the national survey. Severe mother-to-child violence was influenced substantially by educational level, family size, employment status, and gender role orientation. High level of education for traditionally oriented mothers who are not employed was associated with severe physical violence toward their children.

Key words

violence abuse family frustration 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boyd C. Rollins
    • 1
  • Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrigham Young UniversityUtah
  2. 2.Department of SociologyState University of New York, Potsdam CollegePotsdam

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