Motives and control in escalatory conflicts in intimate relationships

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The aim of this study was to identify and examine the underlying mechanism of the formation, development and termination of interpersonal conflicts in intimate relationships, whereby men use violence against women. The study used qualitative methodology in sampling, data collection and data analysis. It consisted of 50 in-depth qualitative interviews (25 men and 25 women). The findings indicate that the developmental course of the escalatory conflict is regulated by both motivation and control elements. The discussion emphasizes the importance of both research and practice to focus on escalation rather than aggression, and views aggression as its expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Behavior control
  • Conflict escalation
  • Controlling behavior
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Violence-related motives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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