Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.


Senn, Charlene,




The purpose of the present study was to test if the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) is a valid measure of the incidence/prevalence of partner violence and whether it overestimates the comparability of male and female victimization. Similar to other studies using the CTS, 36% of females and 52% of males reported being victimized by either a current or past partner. Significantly more females (55%) than males (34%) reported perpetrating an act from the CTS. Responses on the CTS would therefore suggest that females are more violent than males and that males suffer more abuse, but the supplementary information concerning the meaning, context, and consequences of violence provided by participants suggests that these conclusions are not warranted. Male and female experiences as victims of violence differ dramatically. A considerable proportion of female victims of violence described patterns of abuse in which their partner started the confrontation, was the sole aggressor, was responsible for the altercation, and who acted out of frustration, anger, or desire to intimidate. Women reported suffering severe emotional trauma and in some cases, physical harm. Male victims of abuse provided information about their experiences which were full of contradictions. For example, while many men reporting victimization said that their partners started the violence, many of the same men indicated that their partners' motive was retaliation of self-defense, suggesting a very different picture of abuse. Moreover, men reported little emotional and physical harm as a result of their victimization. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .C675. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2496. Adviser: Charlene Senn. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.