Bidirectional, Unidirectional, and Nonviolence: A Comparison of the Predictors Among Partnered Young Adults

Melander, L. A.,
Noel, H.,
Tyler, K. A.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2011
Violence and Victims 25(5) 2011
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

In order to more fully understand the context and impact of intimate partner violence (IPV), these authors say, it is important to make distinctions between different types of relationship aggression. As such, the current study longitudinally examines the differential effects of childhood, adolescent, and demographic factors on three different partner violence groups: those who experience bidirectional IPV, those who experience unidirectional IPV, and those who do not experience either form of IPV. In multinomial logistic regression analyses, depressive symptoms and lower partner education predicted bidirectional as compared to unidirectional IPV and nonviolence. In contrast, other risk factors such as illicit drug use were found to be predictors of unidirectional violence only, indicating that the correlates of violence vary depending upon the type of IPV examined. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondence to: Lisa A. Melander, PhD, Kansas State University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, 204 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. E-mail:
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