Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 151–159 | Cite as

Testing the Trauma Model of Violence

  • Daniel J. Neller
  • Robert L. Denney
  • Christina A. Pietz
  • R. Paul Thomlinson


The present study sought to explore the relationship between trauma and violence, as measured by the Traumatic Events Questionnaire and the Conflict Tactics Scale. Using Multiple Regression Analysis, several types of traumatic experiences were studied as predictors to violent behavior in 55 graduate students. Results suggest that trauma as a set, as well as being the victim of a violent crime, are significantly related to future violent behavior. However, no other individual predictor variable, including being the victim of childhood physical abuse, significantly predicted future violence. Implications of the findings are discussed.


trauma abuse violence aggression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel J. Neller
    • 1
    • 3
  • Robert L. Denney
    • 1
  • Christina A. Pietz
    • 1
  • R. Paul Thomlinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Forest Institute of Professional PsychologySpringfield
  2. 2.Burrell Behavioral HealthSpringfield
  3. 3.Springfield

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