A Comparison of Partner Violent Men with Alcohol Problems and Partner Violent Men Without Alcohol Problems

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2005 - 129 pages
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Participant reports indicated that partner violent men with alcohol problems, when compared to those without alcohol problems, were younger and less educated, were more likely to be single (never married), had more antisocial and borderline personality features, used more psychological and severe physical abuse, inflicted more injury, and were more likely to use other drugs. However, after controlling for age, only physical abuse, and infliction of injury significantly were significantly associated with alcohol group status. Collateral partner reports also suggested that partner violent men with alcohol problems were more likely to inflict injury than partner violent men without alcohol problems. Female partners of partner violent men with alcohol problems were more likely to use restrictive engulfment emotional abuse, drink more alcohol, use more severe physical violence, and inflict more injury than female partners of partner violent men without alcohol problems. Having an alcohol problem was not associated with ethnic background, witnessing parental abuse as a child, or experiencing abuse as a child. Clinical implications of these findings suggest that partner violent men with alcohol problems may need different and/or additional intervention strategies to address their more severe abuse problems. Future research is needed to understand what effect alcohol intervention would have on IPV in this clinical population.

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