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Alcohol Use, Alcohol-related Aggression and Intimate Partner Abuse: A Cross-sectional Survey of Convicted Versus General Population Men in Scotland

Gilchrist, Elizabeth, Ireland, L., Forsyth, A., Godwin, J. and Laxton, T. (2017) Alcohol Use, Alcohol-related Aggression and Intimate Partner Abuse: A Cross-sectional Survey of Convicted Versus General Population Men in Scotland. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36 (1). pp. 20-23. ISSN 0959-5236 Online: 1465-3362

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Introduction and Aims. Scotland has a particular problem with alcohol, and the links between intimate partner abuse (IPA)
and alcohol appear stronger here than elsewhere across Europe. This study explored differences in alcohol use, related aggression and
relationship conflict across a number of groups: men convicted for intimate partner abuse, men convicted of general offences and men
recruited from community sports teams. Design and Methods. Participants (n = 64) completed three questionnaires exploring
their experiences of alcohol use (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, AUDIT); alcohol and aggression (Alcohol Related
Aggression Questionnaire, ARAQ-28), and relationship conflict (Revised Conflict Tactics Scale, CTS-2). Results. There were
significant differences across the groups in terms of AUDIT and ARAQ-28 scores, IPA and general offenders scored higher than
the community sample. CTS-2 scores showed significant differences: both offender groups reported more use of negotiation and
psychological abuse, than the community men, and IPA offenders reported causing more physical harm than either general offenders
or the community sample. ARAQ-28 scores correlated with psychological abuse for general offenders. Alcohol use was
very high across all groups, but the community group did not endorse an aggression-precipitating view of alcohol and did not
report high IPA. Discussion and Conclusions. Discussed is the need for cross-cultural research to explore putative mediators
and moderators in the relationship between alcohol, aggressiveness and IPA. [Gilchrist EA, Ireland L, Forsyth A, Godwin J,
Laxton T. Alcohol use, alcohol-related aggression and intimate partner abuse: A cross-sectional survey of convicted
versus general population men in Scotland. Drug Alcohol Rev 2017;36:20-23]

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: alcohol use, aggression, intimate partner abuse, domestic abuse, domestic violence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Gilchrist
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 14:07
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:16

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