The highest rates of violence against a dating partner were found for students who were both spanked and hit a lot as a young child and were also currently experiencing stress.
"¢ These results apply to both minor assaults such as slapping or throwing things at a dating partner and to severe assault such as punching or choking a partner."¢ The relationship of stress to violence applies to nation-to-nation differences as well as differences between individual persons.
"The current economic stress in the United States and around the world is likely to result in more violence, including more physical abuse of children and more violence between partners," Straus says.
Female participants were more likely to report depression compared to male participants."My view on partner violence now recognizes the overwhelming evidence that women assault their partners at about the same rate as men.However, when women are violent, the injury rate is lower." Straus will present his controversial research at the Trends in Intimate Violence Intervention conference in New York City May 22-25, 2006.This research is part of the International Dating Violence Study, a multinational study of violence against dating partners by university students.A consortium of researchers around the world collected data from 13,601 students at 68 universities in 32 nations.