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Measuring Intrafamily Conflict and Violence: The Conflict Tactics (CT) Scales

Murray A. Straus
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Feb., 1979), pp. 75-88
DOI: 10.2307/351733
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351733
Page Count: 14
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Measuring Intrafamily Conflict and Violence: The Conflict Tactics (CT) Scales
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Abstract

Development of research on intrafamily conflict and violence requires both conceptual clarity and measures of the concepts. The introduction to this paper therefore seeks to clarify and distinguish the concepts of "conflict," "conflict of interest," "hostility," and "violence." The main part of the paper describes the Conflict Tactics (CT) Scales. The CT Scales are designed to measure the use of Reasoning, Verbal Aggression, and Violence within the family. Information is presented on the following aspects of this instrument: theoretical rational, acceptability to respondents, scoring, factor structure, reliability, validity, and norms for a nationally representative sample of 2,143 couples.

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