BackgroundTo analyze, in a multilevel context, the impact of individual-level relationship satisfaction
on couples’ mean reports of aggression and agreement about acts of physical and psychological
aggression.MethodsWe conducted a quota sampling method to recruit a community sample of 2.988 heterosexual
adult couples from the Region of Madrid (Spain).ResultsThe percentages of intimate partner aggression considering the highest report of aggression
in the couple were around 60% of psychological aggression and 15% of physical aggression.
Couples that used aggressive tactics showed low to moderate levels of agreement about
physical and psychological aggression. Multilevel models confirm that women’s relationship
satisfaction had a significant influence on the level of agreement about acts of psychological
aggression, but the same pattern of results was not observed for men. On the other
hand, men and women’s relationship satisfaction had no significant influence on the
level of agreement about physical aggression.ConclusionsPsychological aggression plays a more relevant role in women’s relationship satisfaction
than physical aggression.