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1991) 42 Alcohol problems in the community predicted depressive symptoms or lower self-esteem. In a path analysis, Dembo et al. (1989) found that physical and sexual abuse in juvenile delinquents led to drug use via self-derogation. A second explanation concerns drinking as an escape, which was found to be an important undercurrent in the connection between violent victimisation and the development of alcohol problems in adulthood (Miller et al. 1993). In particular, victims of childhood violence may experience a range of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (Herman 1992) or Type II trauma as outlined by Terr (1991).

Goldston et al. 1989; Harrison et al. 1989a, 1989b). However, these studies may have under-identified victims by not using the multiple question technique recommended by Wyatt and Peters (1986). Research by Dembo and colleagues, using a multiple question format and multivariate analysis, has also yielded contradictory findings. Experiences of physical abuse and sexual abuse in childhood had a direct effect on illicit drug use for both males and females (Dembo et al. 1987; Dembo et al. 1988a, 1988b).

For the present analysis, verbal aggression was conceptualised as the independent variable, instead of negative verbal interaction. Thus, three items (‘sulk and/or refuse to talk about it’; ‘stomp out of the room or house’; ‘cry’) were excluded from the present analysis. Second, because virtually all respondents stated that their mothers and fathers had slapped or spanked them, this item was excluded from the analysis for the moderate violence scale. The modified CTS used in the study consisted of four verbal aggression items, four moderate violence items, and seven severe violence items.

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