Predicting the use of conflict resolution tactics among engaged Arab-Palestinian men in Israel

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, Jeffrey L. Edleson

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This article reports one of the first studies of woman abuse in the Arab world. A standardized measurement package was completed by 434 engaged Arab-Palestinian men living in Israel. The study sought to explain men's differential use of conflict tactics with their fiancées using variables representing three frameworks: (1) male dominance, (2) intergenerational learning, and (3) interpersonal skills deficit. Results revealed that a combination of factors from disparate frameworks best explained the variance. Men who used reasoning in conflicts were less likely to have originated from families where they were exposed to violence, more likely to have egalitarian expectations from marriage, and more likely to be characterized as androgynous. Men who were verbally and physically aggressive toward their fiancées, were more likely to have come from homes where they were exposed to violence, were less likely to empathize with their fiancées, and more likely to hold negative and traditional attitudes toward women.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)47-62
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Palestinian
  • domestic violence
  • engaged men
  • marriage roles


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