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Am J Public Health. 2006 Oct;96(10):1873-8. Epub 2006 May 2.

Perpetration of intimate partner violence associated with sexual risk behaviors among young adult men.

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  • 1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Mass 02118, USA. anitaraj@bu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We assessed the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood (having fathered children) among young men.

METHODS:

Sexually active men aged 18 to 35 years who visited an urban community health center and who reported having sexual intercourse with a steady female partner during the past 3 months (N = 283) completed a brief self-administered survey about sexual risk behaviors, IPV perpetration, and demographics. We conducted logistic regression analyses adjusted for demographics to assess associations between IPV and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood.

RESULTS:

Participants were predominantly Hispanic (74.9%) and Black (21.9%). Participants who reported IPV perpetration during the past year (41.3%) were significantly more likely to report (1) inconsistent or no condom use during vaginal and anal sexual intercourse, (2) forcing sexual intercourse without a condom, (3) having sexual intercourse with other women, and (4) having fathered 3 or more children.

CONCLUSION:

IPV perpetration was common among our sample and was associated with increased sexual risk behaviors. Urban community health centers may offer an important venue for reaching this at-risk population.

PMID:
16670216
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PMCID:
PMC1586132
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