Informal Control by Family and Risk Markers for Alcohol Abuse/Dependence in Seoul

Clifton R. Emery, Shali Wu, Hyerin Yang, Hotaek Lee, Junpyo Kim, Ko Ling Chan

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Although previous research documents a reliable relationship between physical intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and alcoholism, relatively little research has examined new theoretical constructs in IPV research that may increase risk for or help buffer women from alcohol abuse/dependence. The purpose of the present study was to examine informal social control of IPV by family members as a protective factor against and coercive control as a risk factor for alcohol abuse/dependence in a small population sample of married women in Seoul, South Korea. We hypothesized that (a) informal social control by family members would be negatively associated with victim alcohol abuse/dependence and (b) husband’s coercive control would be positively associated with victim alcohol abuse/dependence. We measured alcohol abuse/dependence (CAGE scale), IPV and coercive control by husbands, and informal social control of IPV (ISC_IPV) by extended family members in a three-stage random cluster sample of 462 married women in Seoul, South Korea. Both random effects regression and zero-inflated Poisson regression models found that ISC_IPV by extended family members was associated with a significantly lower CAGE scores, and coercive control was associated with significantly higher CAGE scores. Interventions to boost ISC_IPV by extended family members may mitigate some of the risk of alcohol abuse/dependence by victims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1000-1020
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • alcohol abuse/dependence
  • informal social control
  • intimate partner violence
  • South Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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