Agreement on reporting of physical, psychological, and sexual violence among White, Black, and Hispanic couples in the United States

Raul Caetano, Craig Field, Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, Sherry Lipsky

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Abstract

This article examines agreement on reports of male-to-female and female-to-male psychological, physical, and sexual violence among White, Black, and Hispanic couples in the United States. Using a probability sample, separate face-to-face interviews were conducted in respondents' homes with both members of 1,025 intact couples living in the 48 contiguous states. The overall survey response rate was 72%. Results indicate that agreement on each of the three types of violence is low, independent of perpetrator's gender and ethnicity. Kappa coefficients of agreement range from. 07 to. 48. Higher agreement is obtained for psychological violence, followed by physical and sexual violence. Depending on the type of violence, between 30% (psychological aggression) and 90% (sexual coercion) of events would not have been identified if identification required agreement between partners. Logistic analysis shows that the severity of violence is the only variable that increases the likelihood of agreement across the three types of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1318-1337
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

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Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • National survey
  • Report agreement
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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Agreement on reporting of physical, psychological, and sexual violence among White, Black, and Hispanic couples in the United States. / Caetano, Raul; Field, Craig; Ramisetty-Mikler, Suhasini; Lipsky, Sherry.

In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 24, No. 8, 08.2009, p. 1318-1337.

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Caetano, Raul ; Field, Craig ; Ramisetty-Mikler, Suhasini ; Lipsky, Sherry. / Agreement on reporting of physical, psychological, and sexual violence among White, Black, and Hispanic couples in the United States. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2009 ; Vol. 24, No. 8. pp. 1318-1337.
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