Head injury: A factor in marital aggression

William John Warnken (1992)

Marital violence is a significant interpersonal and societal problem. Over the past decade researchers have explored interpersonal, intrapersonal, psychosocial and cultural explanations for this behavior. Until recently, little attention had been paid to the biological and neurological components that may contribute to this problem. This investigation compared a group of head injured men (N = 33) with a group of men orthopedically injured men (N = 42) regarding the occurrence of marital aggression post injury. The head injured men were differentiated from the orthopedic injured men on only one measure that assessed marital violence, and this was a measure of the wives' perceptions of changes in their husbands' marital aggressiveness post injury. Additionally, the head injured men differentiated themselves from the orthopedic injured men on a variety of factors closely associated with marital violence (i.e. self-esteem, ability to communicate, marital satisfaction, and mood and behavior disturbances). These post injury differences have clinical implications for the treatment of head injured men and their spouses.