This paper begins to describe and explicate the specific mechanisms by which alcohol use and the alcohol use environment contribute to specific types of child maltreatment. These mechanisms relating alcohol outlet densities to child maltreatment described here include effects on social disorganization, parent's drinking behaviors, and parental supervision. By investigating potential mechanisms, new information could be obtained on the importance and role of alcohol and its availability in the etiology of child maltreatment. This knowledge can be used to further tailor interventions to those conditions most likely to prevent and reduce maltreatment.
Freisthler and Holmes, Megan R.
"Explicating the Social Mechanisms Linking Alcohol Use Behaviors and Ecology to Child Maltreatment,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 39
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol39/iss4/3