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Also, 34 Alcohol problems in the community using a random sample, Peters (1988) found childhood sexual abuse to be related to the development of alcohol abuse and other drug abuse for women. Hamberger and Hastings (1987) found that alcoholic batterers were more likely than non-alcoholic batterers to have witnessed fatherto-mother violence in childhood. Differences between mother and father violence Failure to control for the gender of the parent perpetrating that violence may attenuate the association between experiences of childhood physical violence and the later development of alcohol problems.
18–21). Childhood abuse and alchol-related problems 35 Comparisons were made between women alcoholics who had received treatment (N = 45) and women from the community who did not have alcohol problems (N = 40) for rates of father-to-daughter violence, motherto-daughter violence and childhood sexual abuse (Downs et al. 1987; Miller et al. 1987). 5 times more likely to report childhood sexual abuse than nonalcoholic women (28 per cent) (Miller et al. 1987). Alcoholic women also reported approximately twice the levels of father-to-daughter verbal aggression and moderate violence, and approximately four times the level of father-to-daughter severe violence than non-alcoholic women (Downs et al.
In other words, it is more likely that the parent’s alcohol problems are derived from other causes and result in severe violence against children rather than the reverse. The results of the present study do not clarify how parental alcohol problems may result in the perpetration of severe violence against their children. Various hypotheses have been proposed to account for the link between alcohol use and violence. First, the disinhibition hypothesis posits a direct pharmacological link between alcohol use and aggression and thus is largely physiological in nature.