Marital Power, Conflict, and Violence In a Nationally Representative Sample of American Couples

  title={Marital Power, Conflict, and Violence In a Nationally Representative Sample of American Couples},
  author={Diane Coleman and Murray Arnold Straus},
  journal={Violence and Victims},
  pages={141 - 157}
Data on a nationally representative sample of 2,143 couples are used to study the relationship to marital violence of the power structure of marriage, power norm consensus, and the lével of marital conflict. The couples were classified as equalitarian, male-dominant, female-dominant, or divided power. Equalitarian couples had the lowest rates of conflict and violence and male-dominant and female-dominant couples had the highest rates. Although consensus about the legitimacy of a male-dominant… 
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