Alcohol, Self-Control and Intimate Partner Aggression

Testa | Leonard | Collins
Researchers will examine the impact of alcohol and fluctuating levels of self-control on incidents of intimate partner aggression.

This innovative study will examine the temporal effects of fluctuations in self-control strength and alcohol use on partner aggression within couples’ daily lives using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Married and cohabiting couples who drink alcohol regularly and have experienced some prior relationship aggression will be recruited from the community. Using smartphones, partners will make independent reports up to five times per day, for 30 days, including responses to random prompts, daily bedtime reports and event-triggered reports of events involving anger, conflict or aggression. Improved understanding of the role of fluctuating levels of self-control and alcohol use in daily episodes of partner aggression may lead to the development of novel interventions to prevent intimate partner aggression.

Principal Investigators
Maria Testa, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Kenneth Leonard, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

R. Lorraine Collins, PhD
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
University at Buffalo

Funding Agency
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Office of the NIAAA Director

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