Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 305–316 | Cite as

Problematic Alcohol and Drug Use and the Risk of Partner Violence Victimization among Male and Female College Students

  • Chiara Sabina
  • Jennifer L. Schally
  • Lindsay Marciniec
Original Article


The current study expands previous research by examining the relationship between problematic alcohol and drug use and partner violence among a large sample of male and female college students and by partitioning out severe victimization for separate analysis. Data came from the International Dating Violence Study and included 4162 students from 19 colleges in the U.S. (69.1% women, 30.9% men). Victimization was measured using the revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2). There was no significant main effect for alcohol use, but analysis of the interaction with gender found that problematic alcohol use was associated with victimization of men. Problematic drug use was associated with physical victimization, injury, severe physical victimization, severe psychological victimization, and severe injury for the overall sample in multivariate models. Interaction effects showed that elevated odds of severe injuries were associated high drug scores for women. Dating violence programs addressing dating violence on campuses are urged to include discussions on drug use and victimization of men.


Physical violence Sexual violence Psychological violence Injury CTS2 



The project was supported by National Institute of Mental Health grant T32MH15161 and the University of New Hampshire. We also offer profound thanks and gratitude to the late Dr. Murray Straus, without whom this manuscript and many others, would not be possible. Dr. Straus designed the International Dating Violence Study and contributed to earlier versions of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Sabina
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Schally
    • 1
  • Lindsay Marciniec
    • 2
  1. 1.Penn State HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.Ann ArborUSA

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