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Intra- and Intergenerational Aspects of Serious Domestic Violence and Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Buffalo, 1987 (ICPSR 9984) RSS

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These data examine the interrelationships among alcohol use, drug use, criminal violence, and domestic violence in a parolee population. More specifically, the data explore the contributions of parental substance abuse and domestic violence in prediction of parolee violence. The study also investigates the effects of drug and alcohol use on domestic violence for the parolee, the spouse, and the parents. The data were drawn from individual interviews conducted with parolees from the Buffalo, New York, area, half of whom were convicted of violent crimes and half of whom were convicted of nonviolent crimes. Interviews were also conducted with the spouses and partners of the parolees. In addition, data concerning the parolees' criminal histories were abstracted from arrest and parole records. Part 1, Demographic File 1, provides information on the demographic characteristics of offenders, arrests, convictions, and sentencing, institutional transfers, disciplinary reports, indications of psychiatric diagnosis or psychological disturbances, alcohol and drug use, criminal activity, and substance abuse while incarcerated. Part 2, Demographic File 2, includes the same variables as Part 1 (with the exception of information about psychiatric diagnoses, psychological disturbances, and disciplinary reports) for those individuals who declined to be interviewed and a random sample of those who could not be contacted. Part 3, the Interview File, contains information about childhood social histories (including sociodemographics, experience of family violence as a victim and as a witness, and parental drug and alcohol use), self-reported criminal histories, adult social histories (including data concerning violence in current relationships, and drug and alcohol use history), and information about the parolees' and spouses' discipline styles. The researchers discarded data on female parolees for the purposes of their analysis.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Demographic File 1 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS2:  Demographic File 2 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS3:  Interview File - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS5:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Demographic File 1 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)

DS6:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Demographic File 2 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)

DS7:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Interview File - Download All Files (1.6 MB)


Study Description


Blane, Howard T., Brenda A. Miller, and Kenneth E. Leonard. INTRA- AND INTERGENERATIONAL ASPECTS OF SERIOUS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE IN BUFFALO, 1987. ICPSR version. Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (86-IJ-CX-0035)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alcohol abuse, criminal histories, criminality prediction, domestic violence, drug abuse, family violence, parental influence, parolees, substance abuse

Geographic Coverage:   Buffalo, New York (state), United States

Time Period:  

  • 1987

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987-02--1987-11

Universe:   All parolees and their spouses or partners in the Buffalo, New York, area.

Data Types:   survey data, administrative records data, and event/transaction data


Sample:   The subjects were drawn from all persons residing in the greater Buffalo, New York, area who were on parole from state correctional facilities between January 1987 and June 1987. The parolees were separated into two categories before sampling, depending on whether their last conviction was for a violent or a nonviolent offense. Youthful offenders and individuals whose crimes could not easily be classified were excluded. An equal number of names were selected at random from each category. Those subjects who had subsequently been removed from parole status were excluded. The remaining subjects who agreed to be interviewed were included in the sample, along with any of their spouses or partners who agreed to be interviewed.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and arrest and parole files


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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