The occurrence of male-to-female intimate partner violence on days of men's drinking: the moderating effects of antisocial personality disorder.

Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 4.85). 05/2005; 73(2):239-48. DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.73.2.239
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ABSTRACT In this study, the moderating effects of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) on the day-to-day relationship between male partner alcohol consumption and male-to-female intimate partner violence (IPV) for men entering a domestic violence treatment program (n=170) or an alcoholism treatment program (n=169) were examined. For both samples, alcohol consumption was associated with an increased likelihood of nonsevere IPV among men without a diagnosis of ASPD but not among men with ASPD (who tended to engage in nonsevere IPV whether they did or did not drink). Drinking was more strongly associated with a likelihood of severe IPV among men with ASPD compared with those without ASPD who also drank. These results provide partial support for a multiple threshold model of intoxication and aggression.

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