Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 77–88 | Cite as

Male Batterers’ Alcohol Use and Gambling Behavior

  • Hope Brasfield
  • Jeniimarie Febres
  • Ryan Shorey
  • David Strong
  • Andrew Ninnemann
  • Joanna Elmquist
  • Shawna M. Andersen
  • Meggan Bucossi
  • Yael C. Schonbrun
  • Jeff R. Temple
  • Gregory L. Stuart
Original Paper


Little work has examined the interrelations among intimate partner violence (IPV), alcohol use, and gambling behavior, and no studies have examined these relationships among males court-ordered to batterer intervention programs (BIPs). The aim of the current investigation was to explore the associations between IPV, alcohol use, and gambling behavior among 341 males court-mandated to attend BIPs utilizing self-report measures. Voluntary, anonymous questionnaires were administered and completed during regularly scheduled BIP sessions. Compared to the general population, a higher percentage of the sample met criteria for pathological gambling (9%), and problem gambling (17%). Further, males exhibiting pathological gambling were more likely to be hazardous drinkers, and hazardous drinkers were more likely to exhibit pathological gambling. Additionally, pathological gamblers were at an increased risk for the perpetration of both physical and sexual aggression. Finally, gambling behavior uniquely predicted the perpetration of sexual aggression above and beyond alcohol use, impulsivity, and relationship satisfaction. The implications of these results for future research and intervention are discussed.


Gambling Alcohol use Intimate partner violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hope Brasfield
    • 1
  • Jeniimarie Febres
    • 1
  • Ryan Shorey
    • 1
  • David Strong
    • 2
  • Andrew Ninnemann
    • 2
  • Joanna Elmquist
    • 2
  • Shawna M. Andersen
    • 2
  • Meggan Bucossi
    • 2
  • Yael C. Schonbrun
    • 2
  • Jeff R. Temple
    • 3
  • Gregory L. Stuart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Butler HospitalProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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