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Intimate partner violence among economically disadvantaged young adult women: associations with adolescent risk-taking and pregnancy experiences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19493217     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT: Intimate partner violence negatively impacts the health of substantial proportions of young women in economically disadvantaged communities, where sexual initiation, aggressive behaviors, unintended pregnancies and childbearing are common among adolescents. It is therefore important to assess how adolescent risk behaviors and pregnancy experiences are linked to such violence during young adulthood. METHODS: Data from 526 participants in the Reach for Health Longitudinal Study who were surveyed during middle school (in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997) and at ages 22-25 (in 2005-2007) provided information on adolescent risk behaviors and pregnancy experiences, as well as experiences of intimate partner violence during young adulthood. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to identify correlates of intimate partner violence involvement. RESULTS: As young adults, 29% of women reported having been victims of intimate partner violence in the past 12 months; 21% reported having perpetrated such violence. In multivariate analyses, victimization and perpetration in the last year are positively associated with aggressive behavior in middle school (odds ratios, 1.9 and 2.5, respectively), lifetime number of sex partners (1.3 for both) and having a history of unintended pregnancy or pregnancy problems (1.3 for both). Perpetration also is associated with early sexual initiation (0.5) and living with a partner (1.8). CONCLUSIONS: It is important to consider women's pregnancy histories in programs aimed at preventing the adverse outcomes of relationship violence and in screening for partner violence in sexual and reproductive health services. Early intervention may help women develop the skills needed for resolving conflicts with peers and partners.
Lydia O'Donnell; Gail Agronick; Richard Duran; Athi Myint-U; Ann Stueve
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1931-2393     ISO Abbreviation:  Perspect Sex Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-04     Completed Date:  2009-08-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140654     Medline TA:  Perspect Sex Reprod Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  84-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health and Human Development Program, Education Development Center, Newton, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Domestic Violence / ethnology,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Interpersonal Relations*
Longitudinal Studies
Multivariate Analysis
New York City / epidemiology
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Risk Factors
Sexual Behavior
Socioeconomic Factors
Substance-Related Disorders
Young Adult
Grant Support
5 R49 CE 000467/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS

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