Zeev Winstok, PhD, and Eila Perkis, PhD, The Center for the Study of Society, University of Haifa.
Women's Perspective on Men's Control and Aggression in Intimate Relationships
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
2009 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 79, Issue 2, pages 169–180, April 2009
How to Cite
Winstok, Z. and Perkis, E. (2009), Women's Perspective on Men's Control and Aggression in Intimate Relationships. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79: 169–180. doi: 10.1037/a0015690
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
- Received January 29, 2008; Revision received October 18, 2008; Accepted January 25, 2009
- intimate partner violence;
- control others;
- verbal aggression;
- physical aggression
The relationship of men's self-control capability; their need to control their wives; and their use of verbal aggression, threats, and physical forms of aggression against their partners, as reported by women, were examined. Data were obtained from a stratified probability sample of 2,544 women drawn from the general population in Israel. Initially, structural equation modeling analysis showed that (a) men's need to control their partners and their ability to control themselves were negatively related, and were 2 aspects of personal control; (b) men's verbal aggression, threats of physical aggression and actual physical aggression toward their partners were closely related, and were 3 aspects of aggressive behavior; (c) personal control and aggressive behavior were closely related. Next, a revised model that fitted the data better, demonstrated that verbal aggression was more closely related to personal control than to aggressive behavior. Finally, a model representing co-occurrence of control and violent expressions was tested. This model yielded the best fit to the data. We concluded that control and aggression are two conceptualizations of the same phenomenon, rather than 2 distinct, yet interrelated, concepts.