The impact of husband physical aggression and alcohol use on marital functioning: does alcohol "excuse" the violence?

@article{Testa2001TheIO,
  title={The impact of husband physical aggression and alcohol use on marital functioning: does alcohol "excuse" the violence?},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Victoria Testa and Kenneth E. Leonard},
  journal={Violence and victims},
  year={2001},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={507-16}
}
Alcohol has been posited to serve as an "excuse" for deviant behavior, including domestic violence. A recent study suggested that wives hold husbands less responsible for their aggressive behavior when husbands are problem drinkers. To replicate and extend this study, the independent and interactive effects of husband physical aggression and husband alcohol use on wives' marital satisfaction and thoughts of divorce were examined among newlywed couples (n = 387). Husband physical aggression had… CONTINUE READING