The relationship between violent fantasy and alcohol misuse in aggressive behaviours

Watt, Bruce D, Kohphet, Arisara, Oberin, Dante and Keating, Sean 2013, The relationship between violent fantasy and alcohol misuse in aggressive behaviours, Australian psychologist, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 452-458, doi: 10.1111/ap.12011.

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Title The relationship between violent fantasy and alcohol misuse in aggressive behaviours
Author(s) Watt, Bruce D
Kohphet, Arisara
Oberin, Dante
Keating, Sean
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 48
Issue number 6
Start page 452
End page 458
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 0005-0067
Keyword(s) aggression
alcohol misuse
script theory
violent fantasy
Summary Alcohol misuse and cognitions supportive of violent behaviour have been linked with higher likelihood of engaging in aggressive actions. The present study investigated the interactive effects of alcohol abuse and violent fantasy on aggressive behaviour. A community sample of 279 adults recruited from South East Queensland completed the Aggression Questionnaire, Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, Scheduled of Imagined Violence, and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Controlling for age, gender, and social desirability response, participants who acknowledged fantasies about violence and higher levels of alcohol consumption reported higher levels of aggression. Importantly, the interactive effects of alcohol and fantasy indicated that the contribution of violent fantasies was greatest among individuals with high levels of alcohol use compared with individuals with low alcohol use. The current findings, in conjunction with recent experimental evidence, highlight potential concerns regarding the additive effects of alcohol and violent fantasy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ap.12011
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Australian Psychological Society
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