Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 347–356 | Cite as

Prevalence of spouse aggression in Hong Kong

  • Catherine So-kum Tang


The present study explored the extent of spouse aggression in Chinese families in Hong Kong. Subjects were 246 female and 136 male undergraduate students who reported on the various forms of interparental aggression and violence. About 75% of the subjects reported interparental verbal or symbolic aggression and 14% indicated the use of physical violence between parents. In general, compared to mothers, fathers engaged in more verbal aggression against their spouses. Mothers were as likely as fathers to use actual physical force toward their spouses. Interparental responses to family conflicts did not vary with children's gender except that female subjects observed that fathers reasoned less but engaged in more insulting, throwing, smashing, hitting, or kicking things than mothers.

Key words

spouse aggression Hong Kong families prevalence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine So-kum Tang
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentChinese University of Hong KongShatin NTHong Kong

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