AUTHOR'S NOTE: This study was supported in part by Grant NI 70–068, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Department of Justice.
ASSAULTIVENESS AND ALCOHOL USE IN FAMILY DISPUTES
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 281–292, November 1974
How to Cite
BARD, M. and ZACKER, J. (1974), ASSAULTIVENESS AND ALCOHOL USE IN FAMILY DISPUTES. Criminology, 12: 281–292. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1974.tb00636.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Systematic naturalistic observation often contradicts experimental laboratory findings and idiosyncratic personal perceptions. In this study, family disputes managed by police officers trained in interpersonal conflict management yielded uniform observational data on 1,388 cases. The view shared by police and by social scientists that family disputes are likely to involve assaultiveness and that such behavior is typically caused by alcohol use was not supported by these data. Instead, the findings suggest that: assaults do not usually precede arrival of police; disputes are not usually influenced by alcohol use; and, indeed, assaults are less common when alcohol has been used.