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date: 20 February 2020

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This article deals with the treatment and intervention of psychological and physical aggression between intimate partners. It first defines the terms psychological aggression and physical aggression and proceeds by discussing the prevalence rates of psychological and physical aggression, along with their impact on couples’ marital functioning and on the mental health of individuals. It then considers which partner may profit from couple interventions, some of the key controversies in the assessment and treatment of partner aggression, and gender differences in impact and injury of physical aggression. It also examines the relationship between psychological and physical aggression in couples and the ethical issues about which couples are appropriate for conjoint therapy. Finally, the article reviews treatment outcome literature and outlines future directions for the field.

Keywords: treatment, intervention, psychological aggression, physical aggression, intimate partners, couples, marital functioning, mental health, gender differences, conjoint therapy

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