Interpersonal violence in alcohol complicated marital relationships: a study from India

Selwyn Stanley

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    This study compared 75 wives of alcoholics with an equal number of wives of non-alcoholics matched on key socio-demographic variables, using a cross sectional ex-post facto research design. Instruments to assess the extent of conflict and danger perceived by them in their marital relationship, besides the communication apprehension experienced towards their partners were administered. Analyses showed that the wives of alcoholics as a group had higher levels of conflict, perceived more danger and experienced more apprehension in relating with their spouses, than the subjects of the reference group. Results indicate the need to consciously focus on the spouse of the alcoholic and to help her resolve various marital issues with which she is faced. Implications for therapeutic intervention with couples in alcohol complicated relationships to enable them overcome their marital life deficits are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)767-776
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Family Violence.
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2008


    • wives of alcoholics
    • domestic violence
    • marital conflict
    • intimate partner violence
    • communication apprehension

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