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[’THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE’ IN THE LIFE OF ALCOHOLICS]

GEREVICH József, BÁCSKAI Erika

OCTOBER 18, 2006

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2006;16(10)

[INTRODUCTION - ’The cycle of violence’ have long been a known phenomenon. The present research is aimed at answering the question of whether abuse suffered in childhood creates a tendency to aggressive behaviour in adulthood and whether there is a connection between these two forms of behaviour. METHODS - The sample studied comprised 235 clinically treated alcoholics. The instruments used for the investigation were the European Addiction Severity Index (EuropASI), the Buss and Perry Aggression Questionnaire, and the Janus Questionnaire. RESULTS - The most important finding is that persons who were physically abused in childhood by their parents were very likely to strike or beat someone in the course of their lives (χ2=9.79, p<0.001). Within the most aggressive group, 18 % had not suffered abuse in childhood, while 81 had been abused (χ2=13.25, p<0.001). If the patient had been physically abused, struck or beaten, that person later abused, struck or beat someone else (Pearson r=.397). CONCLUSION - The results draw attention to the importance of preventing and treating aggression in alcoholics undergoing clinical treatment.]

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