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Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Jan;155(1):131-3.

Comorbidity between abuse of an adult and DSM-III-R mental disorders: evidence from an epidemiological study.

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  • 1University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence, risk, and implications of comorbidity between partner violence and psychiatric disorders.

METHOD:

Data were obtained from a representative birth cohort of 941 young adults through use of the Conflict Tactics Scales and Diagnostic Interview Schedule.

RESULTS:

Half of those involved in partner violence had a psychiatric disorder; one-third of those with a psychiatric disorder were involved in partner violence. Individuals involved in severe partner violence had elevated rates of a wide spectrum of disorders.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings support the importance of mental health clinicians screening for partner violence and treating victims and perpetrators before injury occurs.

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9433353
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PMCID:
PMC3641656
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