Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(12), 3156-3168; doi:10.3390/ijerph6123156
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Alcoholism and Intimate Partner Violence: Effects on Children’s Psychosocial Adjustment

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Received: 10 October 2009; Accepted: 4 December 2009 / Published: 10 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Research on Alcohol: Public Health Perspectives)
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Abstract: It is widely recognized that alcoholism and relationship violence often have serious consequences for adults; however, children living with alcoholic parents are susceptible to the deleterious familial environments these caregivers frequently create. Given the prevalence of IPV among patients entering substance abuse treatment, coupled with the negative familial consequences associated with these types of behavior, this review explores what have been, to this point, two divergent lines of research: (a) the effects of parental alcoholism on children, and (b) the effects of children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. In this article, the interrelationship between alcoholism and IPV is examined, with an emphasis on the developmental impact of these behaviors (individually and together) on children living in the home and offers recommendations for future research directions.
Keywords: domestic violence; partner aggression; children’s adjustment
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Klostermann, K.; Kelley, M.L. Alcoholism and Intimate Partner Violence: Effects on Children’s Psychosocial Adjustment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 3156-3168.

AMA Style

Klostermann K, Kelley ML. Alcoholism and Intimate Partner Violence: Effects on Children’s Psychosocial Adjustment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(12):3156-3168.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Klostermann, Keith; Kelley, Michelle L. 2009. "Alcoholism and Intimate Partner Violence: Effects on Children’s Psychosocial Adjustment." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 12: 3156-3168.


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