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Differences in Physical and Mental Health Symptoms and Mental Health Utilization Associated with Intimate Partner Violence vs. Child Abuse
  • Christina Nicolaidis, Portland State University
  • Bentson H. McFarland
  • MaryAnn Curry
  • Martha Gerrity
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  • Adult child abuse victims -- United States -- Social conditions,
  • Child abuse -- Psychological aspects,
  • Intimate partner violence,
  • Women -- Health and hygiene

Background: There is ample evidence that both intimate-partner violence (IPV) and childhood abuse adversely affect the physical and mental health of adult women over the long term. Objective: The authors assessed the associations between abuse, symptoms, and mental health utilization. Method: The authors performed a cross-sectional survey of 380 adult female, internal-medicine patients. Results: Although both IPV and childhood abuse were associated with depressive and physical symptoms, IPV was independently associated with physical symptoms, and childhood abuse was independently associated with depression. Women with a history of childhood abuse had higher odds, whereas women with IPV had lower odds, of receiving care from mental health providers. Conclusion: IPV and childhood abuse may have different effects on women's symptoms and mental health utilization.


Copyright 2009 The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Psychiatric Publishing.

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Nicolaidis, c., McFarland, B., Curry, M.A., Gerrity, M. "Differences in physical and mental health symptoms and mental health utilization associated with intimate partner violence vs. child abuse." Psychosomatics. 2009: 50(4)340-6. DOI: 10.1176/appi.psy.50.4.340