Master of Science (MS)
William M. Kurtines
Verbal aggression, interparental verbal aggression, parent-child verbal aggression, intimate relationship verbal aggression, intergenerational verbal aggression, Hispanic
Date of Defense
The thesis investigates the relation between interparental verbal aggression, parent-daughter verbal aggression, and verbal aggression in female Hispanic college student’s dating relationships (N= 599). This study builds on previous work that has been conducted to provide evidence of the influence of parental verbal conflict strategies on college women’s own experiences with and use of verbal aggression (Black, Sussman, & Unger, 2010; Luthra & Gidycz, 2006; Martin, 1990; Palazzolo, Roberto, & Babin, 2010; Riggs & O’Leary, 1996). However, this is the first study that has specifically examined this phenomenon within a Hispanic population. Results showed that mothers’ high levels of verbal conflict with fathers were predictive of having high levels of verbal conflicts with their daughters. This in turn, predicted daughters’ use of verbal conflict with their intimate partner. Similarly, fathers’ high levels of verbal conflict with mothers were predictive of having high levels of verbal conflicts with their daughters. However, this was not found to be predictive of daughters’ use of verbal conflict with their intimate partner.
Oramas, Laura A., "The Influence of Parental Verbal Aggression on Hispanic College Women’s Use of Verbal Aggression in Romantic Relationships" (2012). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 566.