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Br J Psychiatry. 2005 Jul;187:62-7.

Domestic violence and its mental health correlates in Indian women.

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Social Scientist and Manager, India Clinical Epidemiology Network, No. 58 Venkatratnam Nagar, Adayar, Chennai 600020, India. indiaclen@touchtelindia.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Domestic spousal violence against women has far-reaching mental health implications.

AIMS:

To determine the association of domestic spousal violence with poor mental health.

METHOD:

In a household survey of rural, urban non-slum and urban slum areas from seven sites in India, the population of women aged 15-49 years was sampled using probability proportionate to size. The Self Report Questionnaire was used to assess mental health status and a structured questionnaire elicited spousal experiences of violence.

RESULTS:

Of 9938 women surveyed, 40% reported poor mental health. Logistic regression showed that women reporting 'any violence' -- 'slap', 'hit', 'kick' or 'beat' (OR 2.2, 95% CI 2.0-2.5) -- or 'all violence' -- all of the four types of physically violent behaviour (OR 3.5, 95% CI 2.94-3.51) -- were at increased risk of poor mental health.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings indicate a strong association between domestic spousal violence and poor mental health, and underscore the need for appropriate interventions.

PMID:
15994573
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.187.1.62
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