Gender differences in the choreography of alcohol-related violence: an observational study of aggression within licensed premises

Alasdair Forsyth, J. C. Lennox

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine patterns of gender involvement in violent incidents observed within licensed premises. Methods: Field observations were conducted in a sample of eight city centre nightclubs allowing alcohol-related aggressive incidents to be witnessed in their naturalistic setting. Although most of those involved in aggressive incidents were males (108//171), many of the conflicts witnessed involved female combatants (36.8%%). Additionally, female-to-female incidents were found to be as potentially injurious as those between males. Nevertheless, female-to-female and male-to-male conflicts did differ, in terms of the nature of the violence observed with, for example, female conflicts being less likely to involve an easily recognizable set pre-fight choreography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • gender differences
  • alcohol abuse
  • licensed premises
  • alcohol-related violence

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