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Mental health symptoms among male victims of partner violence

Author(s)Prospero, Moises
Title Mental health symptoms among male victims of partner violence
Source American Journal of Men's Health,Dec 2007, Vol 1, No 4, pp 269-277
Document type Journal article
Coverage United States
Summary This study explores gender differences in mental health outcomes among 573 university students who reported intimate partner violence victimisation. The Revised Conflict Tactics Scale was used to measure specific behaviours involved in psychological, physical, and sexual intimate partner violence and the Symptom Questionnaire was used to measure mental health problems. There was found to be no significant relationship between gender and level of IPV. For the male victims further analysis showed a significant relationship between physical IPV victimisation and only two of the mental health symptoms, depression and somatisation. The results from the study demonstrate that mental health symptoms are likely to increase with higher levels of victimisation, regardless of the gender of the victim, revealing that males are just as likely as females to suffer mental health problems from partner violence. The author also suggests that this finding could be generalised to gay or lesbian couples.
Keywords Male victims; intimate partner violence: IPV' mental health; domestic violence
Topic Psychological effects and treatment; Domestic violence