Table 1

Sample characteristics

Characteristics of respondentsComplete sampleWomen respondentsMen respondents
Violent arguments:
(both partners)
No violent argumentsViolent arguments:
(both partners)
No violent argumentsViolent arguments:
(both partners)
No violent arguments
Total sample 1514629902590612039
Employment status in 1992 Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)
Full time work87 (57.6)3061 (66.1)40 (44.4)1312 (50.7)47 (77.0)1749 (85.8)
Part time work15 (9.9)498 (10.8)13 (14.4)408 (15.8)2 (3.3)14 (0.7)
Working w/Welfare12 (7.9)52 (1.1)9 (10.0)38 (1.5)3 (4.9)14 (0.7)
Non-employed37 (24.5)1018 (22)28 (31.1)832 (32.1)9 (14.8)186 (9.1)
Household characteristics
Same spouse/partner as in 198745 (29.8)1950 (42.2)30 (33.3)1083 (41.8)15 (24.6)867 (42.5)
Changed partner between 1987 and 199234 (22.5)724 (15.6)19 (21.1)410 (15.8)15 (24.6)314 (15.4)
New couple—no partner in 198772 (47.7)1955 (42.2)41 (45.6)1097 (42.4)31 (50.8)858 (42.1)
Sex
Male61 (40.4)2039 (44)
Female90 (59.6)2590 (56)
Ethnicity
White110 (73)3766 (81.4)66 (73.4)2116 (81.7)44 (72.1)1650 (80.9)
African American29 (19.2)500 (10.8)13 (14.4)270 (10.4)16 (26.2)230 (11.3)
Others12 (7.9)363 (7.8)11 (12.2)204 (7.9)1 (1.6)159 (7.8)
Having a health condition limiting work for pay5 (3.3)155 (3.3)3 (3.3)99 (3.8)2 (3.3)56 (2.7)
In 1987, arguments become physical24 (15.6)192 (4.1)16 (17.8)117 (4.5)8 (13.1)75 (3.7)
In 1987, respondent had alcohol problems7 (5)76 (1.6)1 (1.1)22 (0.8)6 (9.8)54 (2.6)
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Years of education in 199212.5 (2.6)13.4 (2.8)12.3 (2.5)13.2 (2.7)12.7 (2.7)13.7(2.9)
Years of age in 199233.4 (6.7)40.3 (10.2)33 (7.0)39.8 (10.1)34.1 (6.3)40.9 (10.3)
Weeks unemployed and looking for work in 19913.5 (9.3)1.4 (6.2)4.2 (10.3)1.4 (6.4)2.4 (7.5)1.4 (6.0)
Total number of children in household in 19921.9 (1.3)1.5 (1.3)1.9 (1.1)1.5 (1.4)1.9 (1.6)1.4 (1.3)
Total family income, 1992$43 918 (44 438)$56 723 (51 423)$42 035 (48 233)$56 252 (56 825)$46 696 (38 379)$57 321 (43 614)
Number of alcohol drinks in past 30 days21.8 (37)11.2 (25.3)12.8 (31.2)6.3 (15.1)35 (40.9)17.3 (33.1)
Index of satisfaction with social relationships10.1 (2.2)11.5 (2.1)9.9 (2.2)11.6 (2.1)10.5 (2.3)11.4 (2.1)