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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 131–137 | Cite as

Violent Couples: Coping and Communication Skills

  • George F. Ronan
  • Laura E. Dreer
  • Katherine M. Dollard
  • Donna W. Ronan
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Abstract

Twelve married couples court-ordered to attend a violence reduction treatment program completed self-report measures of anger, social problem-solving skills, and strategies employed for dealing with high-conflict situations. They were subsequently videotaped while discussing 3 different scenarios. Three raters independently coded the videotapes for the use of effective and ineffective communication strategies used by the participants. Aggregate reliability estimates were acceptable. No gender-based differences were found on the self-report measures or the communication skill ratings. When couples discussed low-conflict situations use of effective skills exceeded use of ineffective skills, and when couples discussed high-conflict problems use of ineffective skills exceeded use of effective skills. Implications for treatment of spousal assault are presented.

domestic violence marital interaction communication skills 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George F. Ronan
    • 1
  • Laura E. Dreer
    • 1
  • Katherine M. Dollard
    • 1
  • Donna W. Ronan
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant

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