College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Alcohol Use in Wife Abusers and Their Spouses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholism, Marriage, Spouse Abuse, Violence

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

10

Issue/No.

2

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The present study provided an assessment of alcohol use in couples characterized by wife abuse. The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test, Quantity-Frequency Index, Impairment Index, and a questionnaire tapping frequency and magnitude of violent episodes were administered to couples who were: (a) physically abusive, (b) martially discordant but nonviolent, and (c) satisfactorily married. Results indicated significantly higher scores on the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test in physically abusive males based on their self-reports as well as wives' reports of husbands' drinking behavior. No significant differences were found between groups of wives on alcohol measures. In addition, correlational analyses revealed a number of significant relationships between husbands' self-reported drinking and wives' responses concerning their spouses' alcohol use. Findings are discussed in terms of the need for more extensive assessment of physically abusive males, and the utility of examining the interactive influences of alcohol and other factors on marital violence.

DOI

10.1016/0306-4603(85)90018-8