Varying forms of husband sexual aggression: Predictors and subgroup differences

Amy D. Marshall, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe

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The relationships between two forms of husband sexual aggression (coercion and threatened/ forced sex) and husband physical and psychological aggression were examined among a community sample of 164 couples. A stronger relationship between physical and sexual aggression was obtained than in previous research. Husbands' physical and psychological aggression predicted husbands' sexual coercion, but only physical aggression predicted threatened/forced sex. The more severely physically violent subtypes of the A. Holtzworth-Munroe et al. (2000) typology engaged in the most sexual coercion, and the most violent subtype (generally violent/antisocial) engaged in the most threatened/forced sex. In examining C. M. Monson and J. Langhinrichsen-Rohling's (1998) typology, the existence of a sexually violent-only subtype was documented, physically nonviolent husbands were found to engage in sexual coercion, and sexually and physically violent husbands engaged in the highest level of sexual aggression. The utility of using multiple measures, and both spouses' reports, to assess sexual aggression is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-296
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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