Developmental antecedents of partner abuse: a prospective-longitudinal study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Prospective measures of risk factors for partner abuse were obtained from a large birth cohort in 4 domains: socioeconomic resources, family relations, educational achievements, and problem behaviors. Partner abuse outcomes were measured at age 21. Results showed that antecedents of abuse included risk factors from all 4 domains. Risk factors were similar for men and women. Some age 3 antecedents were significant, but the strongest correlations were from age 15. In multivariate analyses, the most consistent predictor was the presence of early problem behaviors. In a cross-validation tests, abuse was moderately predictable by the same antecedents, whether the outcome measure was self-report or reports from partners of sample members. Findings suggest that theories of partner abuse should account for developmental influences from multiple life domains and that primary prevention of partner abuse should begin in adolescence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Magdol, L; Moffitt, TE; Caspi, A; Silva, PA

Published Date

  • August 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 107 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 375 - 389

PubMed ID

  • 9715573

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1846

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-843X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0021-843x.107.3.375


  • eng