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Ambivalent Sexism, Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Claire M. Renzetti, University of Kentucky
  • Kellie R. Lynch, University of Kentucky
  • C. Nathan DeWall, University of Kentucky
Abstract
Research on risk factors for men's perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) has shown a high correlation with problem alcohol use. Additional studies, however, indicate that the alcohol-IPV link is neither simple nor necessarily direct and that a range of factors may moderate this relationship. Using a national, community-based sample of 255 men, the present study examined the moderating effects of ambivalent sexism (i.e., hostile and benevolent sexism) on the relationship between alcohol use and IPV perpetration. The findings show that both greater alcohol consumption and high hostile sexism are positively associated with IPV perpetration, and that hostile sexism moderates the alcohol-IPV relationship for perpetration of physical IPV, but not for psychological IPV. Moreover, high levels of alcohol consumption have a greater impact on physical IPV perpetration for men low in hostile sexism than for men high in hostile sexism, lending support to the multiple threshold model of the alcohol-IPV link. Implications of the findings for prevention, intervention, and future research are discussed.
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-9-2015
Notes/Citation Information

To be published in Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

© The Author(s) 2015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515604412
Citation Information
Claire M. Renzetti, Kellie R. Lynch and C. Nathan DeWall. "Ambivalent Sexism, Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration" Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clairerenzetti/85/