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Antecedents of Violence in Adulthood

Stephen J. Kunitz, K. Ruben Gabriel and Jerrold E. Levy

in Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195136159
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863921 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136159.003.0007
Antecedents of Violence in Adulthood

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This chapter explores the association between the experience of abuse in childhood, conduct disorder, alcohol dependence, and the commission of violence in adulthood. Involvement in domestic violence is the result of the historical legacy of tension between the sexes exacerbated by parental drinking and physical abuse in childhood. On the other hand, conduct disorder is not a risk factor for family violence but it is for non-family drunken violence.

Keywords: abuse in childhood; alcohol dependence; domestic violence; alcohol use; alcohol abuse; conduct disorder; childhood experiences; risk factors; parental drinking

Chapter.  6038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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