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Screening for intimate partner violence: the impact of screener and screening environment on victim comfort.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17515428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The barriers that professionals face when screening victims for intimate partner violence (IPV) are well studied. The specific barriers that victims face however when being screened are not. The authors sought to identify characteristics of the screener and screening environment that make a victim feel more or less comfortable when disclosing a history of IPV. One hundred forty self-reported female victims of IPV completed a survey regarding their experiences with screening and degree of comfort with certain traits of the screener and the screening environment. Women demonstrated a preference to be screened by a woman, someone of the same race, a provider aged 30 to 50 years, and without anyone else present. Screeners should be aware of characteristics that impact victim comfort and should provide multiple opportunities for women to disclose IPV in a safe, respectful, and culturally effective environment.
Jonathan Thackeray; Sarah Stelzner; Stephen M Downs; Carleen Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of interpersonal violence     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0886-2605     ISO Abbreviation:  J Interpers Violence     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-22     Completed Date:  2007-06-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8700910     Medline TA:  J Interpers Violence     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Battered Women / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Indiana / epidemiology
Mass Screening / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
Physician's Role*
Professional-Patient Relations*
Social Environment
Socioeconomic Factors
Spouse Abuse / diagnosis*,  prevention & control,  statistics & numerical data
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