The Effects of Alcohol on the Marital Interactions of Aggressive and Non-Aggressive Husbands

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The Effects of Alcohol on the Marital Interactions of Aggressive and Non-Aggressive Husbands

In today's world of marriage it seems as if everyday there are more and more divorces and separations between couples. What this Psychological study examined was maybe the biggest negative effector of these relationships and that is the mixture of alcohol and problem solving in marital interactions. Alcohol in excessive nature was reported in the violence surveys consistently. Many wives of these husbands that have been battered reported their husbands as either heavy drinkers or problem drinkers. Leonard and Roberts's study showed 40-60% of these woman labeled their husbands as alcoholics. Reports also have shown that husbands that are
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There, were 2 groups, which Leonard and Roberts used for their study. The groups that they used was a group of physically aggressive married couples where the husband had shown some form of physical abuse towards their wife within the first year of their marriage. The second group was a group of married couples in which the husband did not physically abuse their wives. They stated 2 hypothesis for their effect of alcohol on the study, the study in which the alcohol was taken by the husband they expected to see a great increase in aggression by the husband towards their wives by the couples which had stated past aggressive behavior. They did expect a little aggression in the couples that had no prior aggressive behavior, but far less that in the other couples. The participants that they recruited were 60 couples of past aggressive occurrences and 75 couples of no past aggressive behavior. The couples were paid and transported for the study. The participants were recruited from a Buffalo Newlywed Study and also through advertisements in newspapers for the study. The participants for the study were put through a screening where they had to meet certain criteria such as being married between 1 to 3 years, and the husband had to be between 21 to 33. The couples were picked for the 2 different

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