Alcohol and Family Violence: The Treatment of Abusing Families

  • Jerry P. Flanzer


All the world seems to know that alcohol abuse and family violence are often found together. Most cultures seem to have an array of jokes about the drunken husband who neglects his children or beats his wife. Yet few research studies have explored this alcohol-family violence association or causation. Maybe we have been afraid to find out.


Child Abuse Heavy Drinker Sexual Satisfaction Family Violence Marital Satisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry P. Flanzer
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA

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