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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 539–548 | Cite as

Understanding the Roles of Context, Frequency, and Quantity of Alcohol Consumption in Child Physical Abuse: Risks for Mothers and Fathers

  • Jennifer Price WolfEmail author
  • Bridget Freisthler
Original Article

Abstract

Alcohol use is related to child physical abuse, although little is known about gender-specific risks factors. This study examines the relationships between alcohol outlets, context-specific drinking, dose–response drinking and child physical abuse for mothers and fathers. Telephone interviews were conducted with 1973 female and 1050 male respondents in 50 California cities. Weighted negative binomial models were used to calculate the frequency of physical abuse in the past year. Drinking more often at restaurants was related to higher frequency of physical abuse for fathers, while mothers who drank more frequently at bars and parties used physical abuse more often. There were no significant dose–response drinking relationships for fathers. Drinking higher amounts at bars, parties, and restaurants was associated with less frequent physical abuse for mothers. Our findings suggest that a focus on drinking contexts may reveal heightened risk for many mothers who do not consume large amounts of alcohol.

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking contexts Physical abuse Gender Alcohol outlets 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Social WorkCalifornia State University, SacramentoSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social WelfareUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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