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Title: Alcohol and Marital Aggression in a National Sample of Young Men
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:19-30
Author(s): K E Leonard; H T Blane
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01 AA07076; R01 AA07183
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between alcohol and individual-difference factors on one hand and marital aggression on the other hand.
Abstract: Subjects were 320 married and cohabiting men who participated in a nationally representative study of alcohol consumption in young men. A series of short versions of personality measures were administered to subjects. Alcohol use was measured with the Alcohol Dependence Scale (ADS), a 25-item scale derived from the use of factor analysis of the Alcohol Use Inventory. Marital satisfaction was assessed with the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test. Within the context of items that assessed various experiences the subject may have had while drinking and while sober were several that concerned his relationship with his spouse or partner. Two of these items focused on aggression within the relationship. They determined whether or not the subjects had ever hit their spouses while drinking or while sober. The results indicate that alcohol use was strongly related to marital aggression. Further, scores on the ADS interacted with hostility and marital satisfaction to predict marital aggression, with ADS scores related to marital aggression among men who scored high on hostility or low on marital satisfaction. 2 tables, 4 notes, and 38 references
Main Term(s): Abusing spouses; Alcohol-crime relationship
Index Term(s): Aggression
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