Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Verbal abuse can lead to physical abuse if it is not recognized, or is tolerated in one's partner. Participant's perception of the acceptability of verbal abuse (PAVA) was compared to the level of verbal abuse in their own relationship (Conflict Tactics Scales-II). PAVA had a weak positive relationship with the actual occurrence of verbal abuse. PAVA and levels of verbal abuse were highest in very new and more established relationships regardless of relationship status. Males were more accepting of verbal abuse, and reported it less in their relationships. Finally, African American, Hispanic American and Asian American participants reported lower levels of verbal abuse in their relationships. These findings illustrate the complex relationship between the perception and experience of verbal abuse and suggest the need for additional research.
BF1 .M63 v. 15 no. 2 2010
Wong, Po Wa and Matthies, Brigitte K.
"Verbal abuse in married versus non-married couples: the relationship between perception of acceptability and experience,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 15
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol15/iss2/7