The Effect of Children's Presence on Alcohol Use by Spouse Abusers and Their Victims
Hutchison, Ira W., Family Relations
The Effect of Children's Presence on Alcohol Use by Spouse Abusers and Their Victims*
Key Words: alcohol, child witnesses, spouse abuse.
The relationship of children's presence to alcohol use by male batterers and their female victims is examined in a study of 419 women interviewed after a domestic assault which resulted in a call to the police. Children were present and witness to the abuse in the majority of homes. Children's presence had slight impact on the heavy drinking patterns of the batterers and generally no effect on victims ' much lower alcohol use.
Although alcohol is occasionally seen as a direct cause of family violence (Bushman & Cooper, …
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Publication information: Article title: The Effect of Children's Presence on Alcohol Use by Spouse Abusers and Their Victims. Contributors: Hutchison, Ira W. - Author. Journal title: Family Relations. Volume: 48. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 1999. Page number: 57+. © 2002 Family Relations. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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