Hettich, R.R. (2001). The relationship between viewing violent sports on television and negative marital interactions. (Doctoral dissertation, United States International University, 2001). Dissertation Abstracts International, 62 (4-B), 2059.

Abstract:  The problem. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between viewing violent sports on television and negative interactions in marital relationships, including the experience of flooding, the use of verbal and physical aggression, and marital satisfaction. Method. A correlational study was conducted with 54 married couples completing packets of questionnaires. Couples were recruited from fliers placed on bulletin boards at colleges and universities throughout Southern California, as well as laundromats and community centers. Additionally, research assistants were recruited to distribute packets of questionnaires. Finally, married couples were recruited at a local swap meet in San Diego, California. The questionnaires included the Flooding Questionnaire, the Conflict Tactics Scale, the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and the Televised Sports Preference Questionnaire developed for this study. Results. Preliminary analyses of the data confirmed the relationships between Gottman’s concept of flooding and conflict in marriages as well as between flooding and marital satisfaction. These results also confirmed the correlation between conflict and marital satisfaction. Analyses of the research questions failed to meet statistical significance. The findings of the current study showed the relationship between viewing sports on television and marital interactions to be extremely weak, suggesting that sports viewing has little influence on marital interactions. These findings support the findings of a recent study that investigated the relationship between professional football games and domestic violence in the unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)