ERIC Number: ED356433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Factors Associated with Marital Aggression in Male Alcoholics.
Murphy, Christopher M.; O'Farrell, Timothy J.
The stereotype of the "drunken bum" wife abuser has a long history in American culture. U.S. population surveys document a positive correlation between alcohol consumption levels and marital violence. In this study risk factors for marital violence among treatment seeking male alcoholics were examined. Subjects were couples (N=107) who had a newly abstinent husband entering treatment in the Counseling for Alcoholics' Marriages Project. Subjects were divided into aggressive and nonaggressive categories based on responses to the Conflict Tactics Scale. Drinking patterns, drinking location, antisocial and other aggressive behavior, severity of alcohol problems, family drinking history, motivations for drinking and beliefs about alcohol, marital disharmony and conflict, and demographic variables were assessed. Results indicated maritally aggressive alcoholics (N=71) were different from nonaggressive alcoholics (N=36) in their drinking patterns (more likely to have an arrest history and higher verbal aggression levels), alcohol problem severity (earlier problem onset and greater problem severity), family history (more alcohol problems among male biological relatives and less maternal use), beliefs about alcohol (less confidence in their ability to manage interpersonal conflict without drinking and stronger beliefs that alcohol causes marital problems), and demographics (younger age and shorter length of marriage). Surprisingly, extent of marital dissatisfaction did not distinguish the two groups. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (26th, Boston, MA, November 19-22, 1992).