JOURNAL ARTICLE
MULTICENTER STUDY

Binge drinking and violence against dating partners: the mediating effect of antisocial traits and behaviors in a multinational perspective

Denise A Hines, Murray A Straus
Aggressive Behavior 2007, 33 (5): 441-57
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Research has consistently shown a link between alcohol use and partner violence (PV). Little is known concerning the strength of this association across cultures and genders, and few have assessed possible mediators. This study assesses the link between binge drinking and PV among 7,921 college students in 38 sites around the world, and investigates the mediating role of antisocial traits and behaviors (ASTB). A significant association was found between binge drinking and PV, the strength of which differed by site but not by gender. ASTB fully mediated this association. The mean level of binge drinking at each site did not significantly influence the strength of the association between binge drinking and PV.

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