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J Interpers Violence. 2009 Aug;24(8):1398-417. doi: 10.1177/0886260508322192. Epub 2008 Aug 15.

Mental health correlates of intimate partner violence in marital relationships in a nationally representative sample of males and females.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


It is important to understand the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by both males and females. Data were drawn from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey Replication. The relationships between physical IPV and child abuse, mental disorders, and suicidal ideation and attempts among males and females were examined. The results indicate that child sexual abuse was associated with IPV among males, whereas child physical and sexual abuse was associated with IPV among females. IPV was associated with poor mental health outcomes for males and females, although sex differences are noted. The sex differences indicate that females experience a wider range of poor mental health outcomes compared to males. Knowledge about correlates of IPV can be useful in identifying individuals exposed to violence. Further research is required to identify effective methods to reduce exposure to IPV and to adequately address the specific needs of male and female victims of IPV.

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