Relationship violence and frequency of intoxication among low-income urban women

Terrence D. Hill, Amie L. Nielsen, Ronald J. Angel

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Using data from the Welfare, Children, and Families project (1999), a probability sample of 2,280 low-income women with children living in low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio, we examine the effects of relationship violence before age 18 and in the past year on frequency of adult intoxication. Results obtained from a series of ordered logistic regression models suggest that sexual coercion before age 18 and minor and severe physical assault in the past year are independently associated with greater frequency of intoxication, net of a range of sociodemographic controls. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-701
Number of pages18
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Alcohol
  • Child abuse
  • Low-income
  • Relationship violence
  • Urban
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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