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Title: Relationship Between Childhood Violence and Alcohol Problems Among Men Who Batter: An Empirical Review and Synthesis
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1996)  Pages:327-344
Author(s): W R Downs; N J Smyth; B A Miller
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01AA07554
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Available literature indicates that experiences of childhood violence are related to mediator variables, including antisocial behavior and depressive symptomatology associated with the development of alcohol problems and the perpetration of partner violence for men in adulthood.
Abstract: The literature also shows that experiences of childhood violence and more strongly the observation of interparental violence during childhood predict the perpetration of partner violence in adulthood for males, that the presence of partner violence is associated with certain types of alcohol problems for men, and that both partner violence and alcohol problems are associated with marital conflict. Much of the literature, however, has often excluded important moderator variables, such as history of familial and parental alcohol problems and history of parental psychiatric disorders. Two indirect pathways between childhood and violence and adulthood problems, i.e., alcohol problems and partner violence, are proposed as guides for future research in the areas of family violence and alcohol problems for men. Further, bidirectional associations between alcohol problems and partner violence are examined, and the inclusion of important moderator and mediator variables in multivariate research designs is suggested. Implications of the research findings for clinicians who provide alcoholism and other drug treatment services are discussed. 91 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Crimes against children; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile victims; Male offenders; Marital problems; Psychological influences on crime; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent men
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