ERIC Number: ED315151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Alcohol Involvement and Family Violence in a High Risk Sample: I. Spousal Violence.
Reider, Eve E.; And Others
This report presents cross-sectional data on the relationships of alcohol difficulties, antisocial behavior, family conflict, family violence, and, particularly, spousal violence. The data were derived from a large-scale, longitudinal study of causes of alcohol abuse and the development of patterns of family violence. Subjects in the part of the study discussed in this paper were 75 working class couples with a male preschool-age child at risk for alcohol problems in adulthood due to the father's alcoholism. The violence of husband to wife and the violence of wife to husband, during the year before the assessment, were analyzed. Severity and cumulative intensity of violence scores were recorded. A severity score was the highest level of physical violence perpetrated during the past year. Cumulative intensity was a summation score based on the level of violence intensity times the frequency of the violence, summed for all levels of violence items. As expected, positive, zero order correlations were found between antisocial behavior, long-term alcohol involvement, family conflict, and husbands' reports of violent behavior toward their wives. A history of alcohol-related troubles was associated with a negative family environment and increased violence in the home. Findings suggest that different dynamics contribute to severity of violence and cumulative intensity of violence. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Mental Health, Lansing.; National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).