"In addition, there is more marital conflict when there is alcohol addiction." These conditions can interfere with children's abilities to control their own behavior, resulting in higher levels of aggression in early and middle childhood.Children who are more aggressive in childhood, particularly with their siblings, are more likely to be aggressive with their romantic partners during their teen years.Violence in teen dating relationships is alarmingly commonplace.It occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships and cuts across racial/ethnic and socio economic lines.Given that many of these prevention programs have only been short-term interventions, the results are particularly encouraging and demonstrate a potential to impact public health.
"Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life," says Jennifer A.
"Our findings underscore the critical need for early intervention and prevention with families who are at-risk due to alcohol problems.
Mothers with alcoholic partners are especially in need of support," Livingston says.
"Our research suggests the risk for violence can be lessened when parents are able to be more warm and sensitive in their interactions with their children during the toddler years.
This in turn can reduce marital conflict and increase the children's self-control, and ultimately reduce involvement in aggressive behavior." University at Buffalo.