Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession

Antonina Pavlenko, Columbia University
Publication Date:
Sep 2016
Project Programs:
The Social and Economic Effects of the Great Recession

Much sociological and economic research has demonstrated the connection between economic crises and family upheaval. Seminal studies of the Great Depression and of the Iowa Farm Crisis gave rise to the “Family Stress Model,” underscoring the pathways through which economic hardship affects family functioning. The model predicts that economic instability leads to feelings of economic stress and strain, which, in turn, lead to martial conflict. Building on this framework, Daniel Schneider (Berkley), Kristen Harknett (University of Pennsylvania) and Sara McLanahan (Princeton University), examined the effects of our most recent economic crisis—the Great Recession—on an extreme measure of marital conflict—intimate partner violence.


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