A new cross-cultural study of drunkenness

Society, Culture and Drinking Patterns New York Published In Pages: 48-74
By Field, Peter B.


"Indulgence during childhood correlates significantly with drunkenness" (66)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Tetrachoric correlation and chi-squareSupportedp<.01.81Two-tailed

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Davis, William N.". . . an important mother, a good deal of indulgence, and a stress upon achievement or self-reliance tended to go with cultural practices that were related to a high frequency of drunkenness" (72)
Davis, William N."In short, those kin groups that are generally high in drunkenness are also prone to gratify strongly the needs of their young children" (47)
Davis, William N."Achievement is stressed in the same kin groups [bilateral and cognatic] that tend to gratify strongly needs for dependency, passivity, and indulgence" (49)
Bacon, Margaret K.Increased frequency of drunkenness is associated with societal customs surrounding dependence, thereby (i) negatively associated with indulgence of dependence in infancy, (ii) positively associated with demands for achievement in childhood, and (iii) negatively associated with dependent-seeking behavior in adulthood (p. 866).
Davis, William N."Bilateral and cognatic kin . . . are highly indulgent to young children, reject an adult's dependency needs, and furthermore greatly emphasize adult achievement. These conditions seem ideal for the development of a 'child-adult' conflict, and the latter should be reflected, as indeed it is, in a high frequency of drunkenness" (50-51)