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This Week in Psychiatry: February 15, 2013

This Week in Psychiatry: February 15, 2013

Domestic violence


Perceived Relationship Power Affects Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Illness

Perceived relationship power helps to explain the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and mental health issues, according to a recent study.1 Minieri and colleagues gathered data from 304 women as part of the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS). They examined intimate partner violence and mental health issues among incarcerated women with a history of substance abuse.

Regression analyses examined the relationship of perceived power and the association between a history of IPV and mental health issues. The findings suggest there is a need for services such as counseling and assessment of women's experiences with power in intimate relationships.

Reference:
1. Minieri AM, Staton-Tindall M, Leukefeld C, et al. Relationship power as a mediator of intimate partner violence and mental health issues among incarcerated, substance-using women. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2013 Jan 27.

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