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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Feb;71(1):92-102.

Partner violence before and after individually based alcoholism treatment for male alcoholic patients.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton, Massachusetts 02301, USA. timothy_ofarrell@hms.harvard.edu

Abstract

This study examined partner violence in the year before and the year after individually based, outpatient alcoholism treatment for 301 married or cohabiting male alcoholic patients and used a demographically matched nonalcoholic comparison sample. In the year before treatment, 56% of the alcoholic patients had been violent toward their female partner, 4 times the rate of 14% in the comparison sample. In the year after treatment, violence decreased significantly to 25% of the alcoholic sample but remained higher than in the comparison group. Among remitted alcoholics after treatment, violence prevalence of 15% was nearly identical to the comparison sample and half the rate among relapsed patients (32%). Thus, partner violence decreased after alcoholism treatment, and clinically significant violence reductions occurred for patients whose alcoholism was remitted after treatment.

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